US Pat. No. 10,166,636

COMPOSITE HARD-SURFACE MATERIAL AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

SEED TECHNOLOGIES CORP., ...

1. A method for preparing a composite hard-face material, comprising:dispersedly fixing a plurality of hard-alloy sheets on a surface of a metal matrix; and
overlay welding the hard-alloy sheets and the metal matrix using a solder, to obtain the composite hard-face material,
wherein the solder comprises nickel-based alloy powder, tungsten carbide particles, and boron nitride powder.

US Pat. No. 10,166,635

WELDING DEVICE COMPRISING AN ACTIVE HEATING DEVICE FOR HEATING THE WORKPIECE

STIWA Holding GmbH, Attn...

1. Welding device (1), in particular a laser welding device, for welding workpieces (3), comprising at least one welding head (2), in particular a laser welding head, which is directed onto a working area (4) when in the working position, and at least one heating device (5) acting on the working area (4) in order to heat up the workpiece (3), in particular before and/or after the welding operation, wherein the welding device (1) comprises at least two adjacently disposed welding stations or welding lines which can be set up with workpieces (3) or workpiece parts to be welded by means of at least one workpiece carrier (23) and the at least one heating device (5, 22) is configured so that the workpieces (3) or workpiece parts can be heated by the heating device (5, 22) in timed cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,634

LASER CLADDING USING FLEXIBLE CORD OF HARDFACING MATERIAL WITH DIAMOND

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method of hardfacing a component, comprising:generating a laser beam and directing the laser beam to an area of a wear surface of the component;
feeding a flexible cord of a cladding material into the laser beam to melt the flexible cord and produce a bead of the cladding material on the wear surface, wherein the flexible cord includes an inner metal wire surrounded by an agglomerate of abrasion and wear-resistant material that contains diamond particles; and
moving the laser beam and the flexible cord along the wear surface to produce a cladding layer over the wear surface of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,633

LASER BEAM MACHINE FOR THERMALLY TREATING WORKPIECES WITH A CABLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM HAVING A FITTED DEFLECTION UNIT

Messer Cutting Systems Gm...

1. A laser beam emitting machine comprising:a laser head emitting a laser beam onto a workpiece that is to be treated,
a movement unit spatially moving the laser head, movement unit having a linearly moving machine portal on which a transverse carriage is supported such that said carriage can be moved transversely, and the laser head being mounted on said carriage,
a flexible fiber cable with a minimum permissible bending radius, said fiber cable transmitting the laser beam to the laser head and entering therein at an inlet point on an upper laser head end thereof, and
a cable guidance system guiding the fiber cable at least over a portion of a length thereof,
wherein the cable guidance system has a deflection unit that is mounted on the laser head and that predetermines a rigid deflection curve that extends above the inlet point and adjacent to the inlet point, and guides the fiber cable to the inlet point, and has a radius that is greater than the minimum permissible bending radius of the fiber cable.

US Pat. No. 10,166,632

IN-SITU LASER BEAM POSITION AND SPOT SIZE SENSOR AND HIGH SPEED SCANNER CALIBRATION, WAFER DEBONDING METHOD

International Business Ma...

1. A method for aligning a scan laser beam on a wafer, comprising;scanning, along a laser scan line, a scan laser beam generated from a laser scanning system across at least one laser beam sensor outside the wafer, the at least one laser beam sensor being adjacent to one of opposing edges of the wafer;
picking up, at a first position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a first optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a second position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a second optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
picking up, at a third position of the laser scan line, the scan laser beam using a third optical slit formed on the at least one laser beam sensor;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the first position to a first electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the second position to a second electrical pulse;
converting the scan laser beam picked up at the third position to a third electrical pulse;
determining, using at least one processor, a spot size of the scan laser beam based on a laser scan speed and a temporal width of the first electrical pulse; and
determining, using at least one processor, a position of the scan laser beam based on a time difference between the second and third electrical pulses,
wherein positions of the second optical slit and the third optical slit relative to the wafer are known to the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,631

LASER PROCESSING HEAD APPARATUS WITH CAMERA MONITOR

MITSUBISHI ELECTRONIC COR...

1. A laser processing head apparatus with a camera monitor, comprising:a laser beam reflection mirror that reflects and deflects a laser beam for processing and changes an advancing direction of the laser beam for processing;
a condensing lens that collects a reflected laser beam for processing, which has been reflected by the laser beam reflection mirror, to a processing point of a processing material;
a camera that is disposed on an opposite side of the laser beam reflection mirror to the condensing lens and on the same axis as an optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an imaging optical system that is disposed between the camera and the laser beam reflection mirror and on the same axis as the optical axis of the reflected laser beam for processing;
an illumination optical system that is disposed on an imaging optical system side of the laser beam reflection mirror;
a light source for illumination that generates an illumination light which passes through the illumination optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror and irradiates the processing point; and
an optical filter that is disposed on a laser beam reflection mirror side of the imaging optical system, wherein
the reflected laser beam for processing generates processing point-emitted light including plasma by irradiating the processing point, or is reflected at the processing point and becomes a processing point-reflected laser beam, and the illumination light is reflected at the processing point and becomes illumination light for imaging,
the light source for illumination includes a near-infrared laser diode which generates a near-infrared laser beam of which upper limit value is a wavelength of the laser beam for processing,
an optical path of the illumination light and an imaging optical path, which is an optical path of the illumination light for imaging, are different optical paths that contact with each other,
the illumination light is directly guided to a laser optical path for processing, which is an optical path of the laser beam for processing, or
guided to the laser optical path for processing via an illumination light reflection mirror, which is disposed on a part of the imaging optical path between the imaging optical system and the laser beam reflection mirror, and which reflects the illumination light generated by the light source for illumination toward the laser beam reflection mirror,
the illumination light reflection mirror is a total-reflection mirror or a metal mirror,
the laser beam reflection mirror reflects 99% or more of the laser beam for processing, and transmits 80% or more of the illumination light and the illumination light for imaging, and
out of the processing point-emitted light, the processing point-reflected laser beam and the illumination light for imaging, which have passed through the condensing lens and the laser beam reflection mirror and are directed to the camera respectively, the optical filter blocks transmission of the processing point-emitted light and the processing point-reflected laser beam, and transmits the illumination light for imaging.

US Pat. No. 10,166,630

OPTICAL MEASURING DEVICE FOR MONITORING A JOINT SEAM, JOINING HEAD AND LASER WELDING HEAD WITH SAME

PRECITEC KG, Gaggenau-Ba...

1. An optical measuring device for monitoring a joining region in a workpiece, comprising:at least one light-section device with a first light source, which casts a light fan in a direction of the workpiece in order to create a triangulation light line within the joining region on the workpiece, the triangulation light line intersecting a joint seam in the joining region;
a first optical sensor with a first observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the triangulation light line projected onto the joint seam;
a second optical sensor with a second observation beam path for spatially resolved imaging of the joint seam, with the second observation beam path being coaxially coupled into the first observation beam path and with the first optical sensor and the second optical sensor using a common objective lens;
at least one first illumination module for homogeneous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a first angle to an optical axis of the common objective lens;
at least one second illumination module for homogenous illumination of the joining region of the workpiece at a second angle, larger than the first angle, to the optical axis of the objective lens; and
a control device, which, as a result of different actuation of the at least one first illumination module and of the at least one second illumination module at different periods of time, alternates between a dark-field and a bright-field illumination or sets a ratio of the intensities of the bright-field illumination and the dark-field illumination with respect to one another,
wherein a readout rate of the first optical sensor is greater than 1 kHz and a readout rate of the second optical sensor is less than 500 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,166,627

ALUMINUM ALLOY TO STEEL WELDING PROCESS

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of spot welding a steel workpiece to an aluminum alloy workpiece, the method comprising:providing a stack-up that includes a steel workpiece and an aluminum alloy workpiece, the steel workpiece and the aluminum alloy workpiece overlapping to provide a faying interface;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece with a steel welding electrode;
contacting an electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece with an aluminum alloy welding electrode;
passing an electrical current between the steel and aluminum alloy welding electrodes and through the stack-up to initiate a molten aluminum alloy weld pool within the aluminum alloy workpiece and at the faying interface, the electrical current having a greater current density in the steel workpiece than in the aluminum alloy workpiece; and
ceasing passage of the electrical current at which time a contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the aluminum alloy workpiece is greater in surface area than a contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode at the electrode-contacting surface of the steel workpiece, the contact patch formed by the aluminum alloy welding electrode having a surface area that is greater than the contact patch formed by the steel welding electrode by a ratio of 1.5:1 to 16:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,626

METHOD FOR THE NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION OF COMPONENTS OR COMPONENT REGIONS AND NON-RELEASABLE CONNECTION

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for non-releasably connecting components or component regions, wherein two connection faces are partially welded to each other and are bonded with an adhesive layer, the method comprising:forming a welding base on one of the connection faces;
forming a spacer on one of the connection faces at a location spaced from the welding base, wherein the welding base projects above the spacer, and wherein the steps of forming the welding base and the spacer are performed by pressing protrusions out of the associated connection face;
applying the adhesive layer on one of the connection faces,
moving the connection faces toward each other to press the welding base against the connection face that does not include the welding base, and
supplying welding current through the welding base to melt the welding base until the spacer stops the connection faces from moving toward each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,625

TORCH FOR TUNGSTEN INERT GAS WELDING

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A torch for tungsten inert gas welding, comprising:a housing,
an electrode holder disposed in the housing,
an electrode unit held in the housing and made of a metal, and
a cooling device configured to cool the electrode unit, by which a liquid cooling medium can be conducted into the electrode holder and conducted out of the electrode holder again,
wherein the cooling device comprises at least one electrically conductive separating wall disposed within a shell of the electrode holder for forming cooling channels, at least the at least one electrically conductive separating wall being electrically connected to the electrode unit,
wherein an insulating layer is disposed between the housing and the electrode holder, and
wherein the at least one electrically conductive separating wall comprises at least one clearance, through which the cooling channels are connected to one another, so that the liquid cooling medium can flow into the electrode holder and in a direction of the electrode unit through at least one cooling channel and away from the electrode unit and out of the electrode holder through at least one other cooling channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,624

HYBRID WELDING SUPPLY

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. A power source for an implement performing a welding or cutting operation comprising:an engine component including a field-controlled generator, the engine component being switchable between an on condition and an off condition;
a rectifier electrically connected to the field-controlled generator, wherein the rectifier converts alternating current provided by the field-controlled generator into a direct current;
at least one battery, wherein:
the engine component and at least one battery are electrically connected to a chopper bus,
the chopper bus is connected across the rectifier, and
a voltage droop of the chopper bus is controlled by field control of the field-controlled generator;
a charging chopper electrically connected to the field-controlled generator and the at least one battery, wherein the charging chopper provides a selected power to the at least one battery;
a battery boost converter electrically connecting the at least one battery to the chopper bus;
an auxiliary power converter being electrically connected to the chopper bus, the auxiliary power converter including a DC to DC converter;
a controller in communication with the field-controlled generator, auxiliary power converter and the battery boost converter, wherein the controller selectively varies power output from the engine component, and the at least one battery via the chopper bus and battery boost converter, to provide power sufficient to perform the operation; and
a user interface for receiving a welding output preset, wherein the user interface is powered, when the engine component is in the off condition, by the at least one battery through the battery boost converter, the chopper bus, and the DC to DC converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,622

AUTOMATIC WELDING METHOD AND APPARATUS

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

7. A welding system for automatically controlling welding, the welding system comprising:a heat-source that generates a welding-arc;
a wire feed for feeding wire to a wire interaction position, the wire interaction position being a position where the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc; and
a control system comprising: a pre-programmed robot control system, a control system interface, and a camera configured to record the wire interaction position and communicate the recording to the control system interface, wherein:
the control system is configured to:
set at least one welding parameter having an adjustable magnitude and direction;
set a stable wire interaction position with a defined tolerance, the stable wire interaction position being a position where the wire fed by the wire feed interacts with the welding-arc so as to produce a weld having pre-defined qualities;
define a number of zones with respect to the stable wire interaction position, a first zone being defined based on a diameter of the wire;
monitor whether the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding; and
alter automatically the at least one welding parameter having the adjustable magnitude and direction to return the wire interaction position to within the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position if the wire interaction position deviates from the defined tolerance of the stable wire interaction position during welding;
the alteration of the magnitude and direction of the at least one welding parameter is dependent on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in; and
the at least one welding parameter comprises at least a feed rate adjusted in accordance with a pre-programmed algorithm based on which of the number of defined zones the wire interaction position is located in.

US Pat. No. 10,166,621

WELDING DEVICE AND WELDING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A welding device which performs butt welding of tubes, comprising:a rotary member of a circular-arc shape to which a welding torch is mounted, the rotary member including external teeth;
a gear train that meshes with the rotary member and rotates the rotary member around a center axis of the tubes;
a table supporting the rotary member and the gear train;
a first movement mechanism that moves the table in a first direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes, the first movement mechanism including a first movement mechanism slide block to which the table is fastened, a first movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the first movement mechanism slide block, and a first motor which rotates the first movement mechanism screw shaft;
a second movement mechanism that moves the first movement mechanism in a second direction perpendicular to the center axis of the tubes and the first direction, the second movement mechanism including a second movement mechanism slide block to which the first movement mechanism is fastened, a second movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the second movement mechanism slide block, and a second motor which rotates the second movement mechanism screw shaft;
a third movement mechanism that moves the second movement mechanism along the center axis of the tubes, the third movement mechanism including a third movement mechanism slide block to which the second movement mechanism is fastened, a third movement mechanism screw shaft which is threadingly engageable with the third movement mechanism slide block, and a third motor which rotates the third movement mechanism screw shaft; and
a clamp mechanism that secures the third movement mechanism to the tube,
wherein the first movement mechanism, the second movement mechanism, and the third movement mechanism are disposed between the table and the clamp mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,620

SLAG REMOVAL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Slag Rebel LLC, San Anto...

1. A slag removal device comprising:a lower member having a cavity in a first end;
an upper structure having a first opening extending therethrough, the upper structure configured to attach to the first end of the lower member such that the first opening through the upper structure is aligned with the cavity in the lower member, wherein the upper structure comprises:
an upper member configured to be secured to the lower member;
a collar configured to be inserted into the upper member, the collar having a first end, the first end of the collar having a first diameter, the first diameter being less than an interior diameter of the upper member; and
a tube configured to be inserted into the collar, the tube having a first end, the first end of the tube having a second diameter, the second diameter being greater than an interior diameter of the collar; and
a piston configured to be inserted into the first opening of the upper structure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,618

HEAT STOP FOR BRAZING OR SOLDERING

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:a metal block having an interior space and a joint element, the joint element defined between a trench in an outer surface of the metal block and a hole extending from the outer surface of the metal block to the interior space, the trench configured to reduce dissipation, throughout the metal block, of heat applied to the joint element, the hole configured to receive a metal tube; and
the metal tube joined to the metal block at the hole, wherein the trench is filled with an epoxy compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,617

ELECTRODES FOR AND METHODS OF ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING

General Electric Company,...

1. An electrode for electrical discharge machining, the electrode defining a length direction, a width direction, and a height direction, the electrode comprising:a head end;
a tip end;
a shaft extending from the head end to the tip end; and
a central plane defined through the head end, shaft, and tip end,
wherein the shaft is recessed along the width direction toward the central plane such that both the head end and the tip end are wider than the shaft, and
wherein the electrode is configured to discharge electricity to machine a component and
wherein the tip end has a height, and wherein the ratio of the height of the tip end to a slot depth for the component is within a range of 0.05 to 0.5.

US Pat. No. 10,166,616

BAND SAW MACHINE WITH STARTING CUTTING POSITION CONTROL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

TERA AUTOTECH CORPORATION...

1. A band saw machine with starting cutting position control, for cutting a workpiece, the band saw machine comprising:a working platform, comprising a reference plane for placing the workpiece, and a fixing member disposed on the reference plane and for fixing the workpiece;
a cutting machine, comprising a driving wheel, a driven wheel, a band saw wound on the driving wheel and the driven wheel, and a motor that electrically drives the driving wheel, the band saw comprising a starting cutting tooth and a processing cutting tooth that are sequentially arranged, wherein a positioning sensor disposed at the driven wheel, and a sensed element disposed at the band saw and adjacent to the starting cutting tooth, the position of the sensed element is detected by the positioning sensor to confirm the position of the starting cutting tooth;
a vertical displacement member, connected to the working platform and the cutting machine, causing the cutting machine to move vertically;
a height sensor, disposed at the cutting machine, for detecting a starting cutting point of the workpiece farthest from the reference plane; and
a central processor, electrically connected to the height sensor, the vertical displacement element and the motor, the central processor receiving information of a position of the starting cutting point and controlling a displacement speed of the vertical displacement element and a first rotational speed of the motor to allow the starting cutting tooth to first cut at the starting cutting point.

US Pat. No. 10,166,615

SLIP DETECTOR

Marvel Manufacturing Comp...

1. A method of moving a workpiece on a table by gripping the workpiece with a vise, the workpiece being cut when brought along the table to a saw, the method comprising the steps of:gripping the workpiece with the vise,
moving the workpiece some move distance X along the table to the saw,
measuring the amount of slip distance Y occurring between the vise and the workpiece, and
moving the workpiece an additional distance Y equal to the measured slip distance Y so the total distance traveled by the workpiece along the table is equal to the move distance X plus the measured slip distance Y.

US Pat. No. 10,166,614

ORBITAL CUTTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FREELY AND SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING PLURALITY OF CUTTING TOOLS WITHIN ROTATING BODY BY USING ROTATIONAL SPEED RATIO

DCSENG CO., LTD., Chungc...

1. An orbital cutting apparatus that is capable of freely and selectively controlling a plurality of cutting tools within a rotary body using a rotational speed ratio, the orbital cutting apparatus comprising:a spindle rotating unit coupled to any one surface of a main body so as to rotate (C axis);
a plurality of tool units coupled to reciprocate (X axis) toward a center of the spindle rotating unit on a front surface of the spindle rotating unit so as to cut a clamped material in an orbital manner;
a relative movement unit coupled to the main body to be rotatable in synchronization with the spindle rotating unit, and configured to transmit a rotational power from the relative movement unit to the plurality of tool units so as to cause the plurality of tool units to reciprocate;
each tool unit of the plurality of tool units includes a connection gear formed at an end of a driving shaft so as to be selectively engaged with the relative movement unit so as to receive the rotational power of the relative movement unit;
an operation unit configured to cause one of the connection gears to be engaged with or be disengaged from the relative movement unit; and
a control unit configured to control movements of the spindle rotating unit and the relative movement unit,
wherein each of the connection gears are engaged with or disengaged from the relative movement unit as a result of being reciprocated on the end of the respective driving shaft by the operation unit so as to activate or deactivate a tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,613

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MACHINING LONGITUDINAL EDGES OF METAL WORKPIECES

1. A method for machining a longitudinal edge of an elongated metal workpiece (2) with a circumferential milling cutter (1) rotatable about a rotation axis and having at least one spiral cutting edge, the method comprising:contacting a longitudinal machining surface (B) of the workpiece (2) by the at least one cutting edge (z) of the milling cutter (1) with a plurality of teeth simultaneously;
providing relative movement between the workpiece (2) and the milling cutter in the direction of the rotation axis of the milling cutter (1);
wherein the plurality of teeth contact the machining surface (B) simultaneously with identical tooth spacings (as) in a direction of the relative movement;
engaging the plurality of teeth (z), with the machining surface (B) over a cylindrical effective length (l) of the milling cutter (1) during machining of the workpiece (2) during the relative movement, wherein each of the plurality of teeth (z) has an identical cutting depth (t); and
removing chips (s) is effected between adjacent teeth having the tooth spacing (as) simultaneously with the relative movement.

US Pat. No. 10,166,612

TOOTH FORMATIONS AND ARRANGEMENT FOR A SAW BLADE

Irwin Industrial Tool Com...

1. A saw blade comprising:a blade body;
a cutting edge extending along the blade body, wherein the cutting edge comprises a plurality of teeth defining a repeating set pattern comprising groups of teeth, each of the plurality of teeth comprising a tip, a rake face located on a first side of the tip, a gullet located adjacent to the rake face and have a gullet depth, and at least one relief surface located on a second side of the tip opposite the first side,
wherein the repeating set pattern comprises:
a first unset tooth;
a first set tooth immediately following the first unset tooth and set to a first distance in a first set direction;
a second set tooth immediately following the first set tooth and set to a second distance in a second set direction opposite the first set direction;
a second unset tooth immediately following the second set tooth;
a third set tooth immediately following the second unset tooth and set to a third set distance in the second set direction; and
a fourth set tooth immediately following the third set tooth and set to a fourth set distance in the first set direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,611

SURFACE-COATED CUTTING TOOL AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC HARDMET...

1. A surface-coated cutting tool comprising a base material and a coating formed on said base material,said coating including a hard layer,
said hard layer including a plurality of crystal grains having a sodium chloride-type crystal structure, wherein
when crystal orientation of each of said plurality of crystal grains is analyzed using an electron backscatter diffraction system for a cross section of said hard layer that is parallel to a normal direction of a surface of said base material to measure an angle of intersection between a normal direction to (001) plane that is a crystal plane of said crystal grain and the normal direction to the surface of said base material, a proportion A of said crystal grains having said angle of intersection of 0 degree or more to less than 20 degrees is 50% or more,
boundaries of said crystal grains include CSL boundaries and general boundaries,
the length of ?3 grain boundaries of said CSL boundaries is 50% or more of the length of ?3-29 grain boundaries that is a total of respective lengths of ?3 grain boundaries, ?7 grain boundaries, ?11 grain boundaries, ?17 grain boundaries, ?19 grain boundaries, ?21 grain boundaries, ?23 grain boundaries, and ?29 grain boundaries included in said CSL boundaries and is 1% or more and 30% or less of the total length of all boundaries that is a sum of the length of said ?3-29 grain boundaries and the length of said general boundaries,
said crystal grain has a layered structure in which a first layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlxTi1-x and a second layer composed of nitride or carbonitride of AlyTi1-y (where x?y) are alternately stacked, and
a total thickness of said first layer and said second layer adjacent to each other is 3 nm or more and 30 nm or less,
when the composition of the first layer is nitride, the composition of the second layer is also nitride, and
when the composition of the first layer is carbonitride, the composition of the second layer is also carbonitride.

US Pat. No. 10,166,610

COMPENSATION CHUCK FOR CENTRICALLY CLAMPING WORKPIECES

HVM Technology GmbH, Oyt...

1. A compensation chuck for centrically clamping workpieces comprising:a housing,
two pairs of mutually diametrally opposite base jaws for receiving corresponding clamping jaws,
a drive unit which is moveable by power clamping having two pairs of drivable entrainment members, wherein two adjacent entrainment members are respectively coupled together by a first rocker and two further adjacent entrainment members are coupled together by a second rocker, and
a coupling ring which guides a first entrainment member and a diametrally opposite second entrainment member in the peripheral direction tangentially relative to a clamping axis (A), wherein a motion play is provided between the entrainment members and the coupling ring in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,609

SELF-LOCKING DRILL CHUCK

ZHEJIANG SANOU MACHINERY ...

1. A self-locking drill chuck, comprising a drill body, a nut, a clamping jaw, a self-locking structure, and a rotating sleeve, wherein the rotating sleeve is provided with a convex leaf spring fixed to the rotating sleeve at both ends, the nut or a ring fixedly connected with the nut is provided with a first groove and a second groove matching with a convex portion of the convex leaf spring, the drill chuck in a self-locking state when the convex portion of the convex leaf spring is in the first groove, and the drill chuck in an unlock state when the convex portion of the convex leaf spring is in the second groove;the self-locking structure comprises a ring tooth on the drill body and a rotatable locking block arranged on the nut or ring fixedly connected to the nut, the nut or ring fixedly connected to the nut is provided with a leaf spring, the rotating sleeve is provided with a first part compressing the leaf spring and a second part compressing the locking block, and by compressing the leaf spring via the first part, the leaf spring compresses and rotates the locking block, the drill chuck enters the self-locking state when the locking block engages with the teeth on the drill body, and through compressing the locking block by the second part, the locking block reverses to break away from the tooth, a gap between the rotating sleeve and the tooth is provided with for lifting the locking block out of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,166,608

WOOD-DRILL ADAPTER SYSTEMS

1. A wood-drill adapter system comprising:a wood-drill adapter assembly comprising;
a core-bit-blank comprising;
a hollow-tubular body including;
a hole;
a cap comprising;
a cap-plate; and
a threaded-coupler;
an adapter-insert comprising;
an upper-disc comprising;
an upper-face;
an lower-face;
an outer-circumference; and
an upper-aperture;
a tubular-body comprising;
an outside-circumference;
an inside-circumference;
an upper-rim; and
a lower-rim;
a lower-disc comprising;
an upper-surface;
a lower-surface;
an external-circumference; and
an internal-circumference;
a set-screw-receiver; and
a set-screw;
wherein said wood-drill adapter system comprises said wood-drill adapter assembly in functional combination;
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly comprises said core-bit-blank, said adapter-insert, and said set-screw in functional combination;
wherein said core-bit-blank comprises said hollow-tubular body, and said cap in functional combination;
wherein said hollow-tubular-body includes said hole;
wherein said cap comprises said cap-plate, and said threaded-coupler in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert comprises said upper-disc, said tubular-body, said lower-disc, and said set-screw-receiver functional combination;
wherein said an upper-disc comprises and is defined by said upper-face, said lower-face, said outer-circumference, and said upper-aperture in functional combination;
wherein said tubular-body comprises said outside-circumference, said inside-circumference, said upper-rim, and said lower-rim in functional combination;
wherein said lower-disc comprises said upper-surface, said lower-surface, said external-circumference, and said internal-circumference in functional combination;
wherein said adapter-insert is affixed within said hollow-tubular body in an end opposite said cap;
wherein said lower-face of said upper-disc is fixedly arranged to said upper-rim of said tubular-body;
wherein said outside-circumference of said tubular-body is fixedly arranged adjacent to said internal-circumference of said lower-disc;
wherein said set-screw-receiver is affixed to said outside-circumference of said tubular-body;
wherein said set-screw-receiver of said adapter-insert and said hole of said hollow-tubular body are aligned and arranged to allow a user to insert said set-screw to secure a wood-boring tool into said wood-drill adapter assembly;
wherein said threaded-coupler of said cap of said hollow-tubular body is structured and arranged to accept a drive-shank such that said user may thread said drive-shank into said threaded-coupler such that said wood-drill adapter assembly is able to be rotated by a coring-rotary-tool; and
wherein said wood-drill adapter assembly is useful for allowing said user to use said coring-rotary-tool typically used for concrete drilling/coring to drill a circular-opening in a wooden-material using said wood-boring tool.

US Pat. No. 10,166,606

CUTTING INSERT, CUTTING TOOL, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MACHINED PRODUCT

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A cutting insert comprising:a top surface having a polygonal shape in a top view, and comprising a first corner portion with an acute angle ?1 and a second corner portion with an obtuse angle ?2;
a bottom surface;
a side surface located between the top surface and the bottom surface; and
a top cutting edge disposed along a ridge line at an intersection between the top surface and the side surface, and comprising:
a first corner cutting edge located in the first corner portion;
a first major cutting edge adjacent to the first corner cutting edge;
a second corner cutting edge located in the second corner portion; and
a second major cutting edge adjacent to the second corner cutting edge;
wherein the top surface further comprises:
a first breaker protrusion comprising a first part protruding toward the first corner portion and a second part facing the first major cutting edge in a top view; and
a second breaker protrusion comprising a third part protruding toward the second corner portion and a fourth part facing the second major cutting edge in the top view,
wherein a minimum value of a first gap W1 between the first part and the first corner cutting edge is larger than a minimum value of a second gap W2 between the third part and the second corner cutting edge in the top view, and
wherein a third gap W3 between the second part and the first major cutting edge increases from the first corner portion toward the second corner portion, and a fourth gap W4 between the fourth part and the second major cutting edge decreases from the second corner portion toward the first corner portion in the top view,
the third gap W3 increases at a constant ratio, and the fourth gap W4 decreases at a constant ratio in the top view.

US Pat. No. 10,166,605

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MICROPARTICLES

M. TECHNIQUE CO., LTD., ...

1. A method for producing microparticles, in whichproviding at least two fluids to be processed, including a raw material fluid which contains at least one raw material, and a processing fluid which contains at least one substance to process the raw material;
introducing the at least two fluids into a processing device, the processing device comprising at least two processing surfaces facing each other, the at least two processing surfaces being configured to approach to and separate from each other, at least one of the at least two processing surfaces rotating relative to the other;
mixing the at least two fluids in a space formed between the at least two processing surfaces, thereby forming a thin film fluid;
obtaining microparticles of the raw material processed in the thin film fluid; and
adjusting a circumferential velocity of the rotation at a converging site in which the raw material fluid and the processing fluid are converged to be within a range of 6.16 to 20.94 m/sec to control a rate of coalescence of the microparticles to be 0% or more but no more than 31%, the rate of coalescence of the microparticles representing a ratio of plural microparticles that are stuck together in the obtained microparticles relative to the obtained microparticles,
wherein the microparticles are the at least one kind of microparticles selected from the group consisting of nickel microparticles, copper microparticles, and amorphous silica microparticles, and
wherein the processing device includes a first flow path for introducing one of the at least two fluids into the space between the at least two processing surfaces, and a second flow path, independent of the first flow path, for introducing the other of the at least two fluids, the second flow path leading to at least one opening formed on at least one of the at least two processing surfaces, said the other of the at least two fluids being introduced into the space between the at least two processing surfaces through the at least one opening, and wherein the converging point at which the at least two fluids converge together is the nearest point in the opening from a rotational center of the at least two processing surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,166,603

METAL 3D PRINTER

Sodick Co., Ltd., Kanaga...

1. A metal 3D printer adapted for laminate-molding a three-dimensional object, the metal 3D printer comprising:a housing comprising a plurality of side walls to form a molding chamber;
a recoater head reciprocating between a first position and a second position in a direction of a horizontal U axis in the lower part of the molding chamber and having a total length greater than that of an irradiation region extending in a direction perpendicular to the U axis to form a powder layer of a metal;
a laser irradiation device irradiating the irradiation region in the powder layer with a laser beam to form a sintered layer; and
an inert gas supply device circulating an inert gas through the molding chamber to remove fumes generated in the irradiation region from the molding chamber,
wherein the inert gas supply device comprises:
a first suction port disposed on one of the side walls facing each other in the direction of the U axis, which is closer to the first position than the second position;
a first blowout port disposed on a side of the recoater head to face the first suction port; and
a second blowout port disposed to face the first suction port across the irradiation region.

US Pat. No. 10,166,602

NANOMETRIC COPPER FORMULATIONS

P.V. NANO CELL LTD., Mig...

1. A method of producing a formulation containing single-crystal metallic copper particles, the method comprising the steps of:(a) adding a borohydride, as an incremental addition, to cupric ions in an acidic aqueous medium, in a presence of a first dispersant, to reduce said cupric ions and to produce said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a first dispersion, until a pH of said aqueous medium rises to at most 7; and
(b) providing said single-crystal nanometric metallic copper particles in a product dispersion,wherein said product dispersion contains particulate matter including nanometric metallic copper particles, at least 10% of said particulate matter being single-crystal metallic copper particles, said particulate matter having an average secondary particle size (d50) within a range of 20 to 200 nanometers (nm), said nanometric metallic copper particles being at least partially covered by at least one dispersant,wherein a concentration ratio of crystalline cuprous oxide to said nanometric metallic copper particles, within said particulate matter, is at most 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,166,601

DIE CAST TIP COVER AND METHOD OF MANAGING RADIAL DEFLECTION OF DIE CAST TIP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A die casting plunger tip assembly comprising:a first portion having a closed end defining an outer face; and
a tip cover disposed on the outer face of the closed end and attached to the closed end only by a clearance fit or an interference fit; the tip cover having a monolithic body comprising:
an integrally formed support structure extending from an inner surface of the tip cover toward the closed end, the support structure being positioned in contact with the outer face of the closed end;
wherein a cavity is formed between the outer face of the closed end and the tip cover.

US Pat. No. 10,166,600

FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FORMED BODY MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A formed body manufacturing method for manufacturing a formed body such that molten metal is led out from a molten metal surface of the molten metal held in a holding furnace and is passed through a shape defining member configured to define a sectional shape of the formed body, the formed body manufacturing method comprising:measuring a surface temperature of the formed body formed such that the molten metal that has passed through the shape defining member solidifies;
adjusting a height of a coating material spray nozzle based on a result of the measurement of the surface temperature of the formed body so that the surface temperature of the formed body to which a heat dissipation coating material is blown becomes a solidifying point of the molten metal or less; and
spraying the heat dissipation coating material to a surface of the formed body from the coating material spray nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,599

COATED CASTING CORES AND MANUFACTURE METHODS

United Technologies Corpo...

20. A casting core assembly comprising:a metallic core;
a ceramic core having a compartment in which the portion of the metallic core is received; and
a ceramic coating at least partially covering the metallic core and the ceramic core,
the ceramic coating having an average thickness of 0.5 mil to 1.5 mil and covering essentially all of the exposed portions of both the metallic core and the ceramic core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,598

PRECISION-CASTING CORE, PRECISION-CASTING CORE MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND PRECISION-CASTING MOLD

MITSUBISH HEAVY INDUSTRIE...

2. A precision-casting mold used to manufacture cast metal, comprising:a precision-casting core obtained by forming a coating layer of two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters on a surface of a sintered precision-casting core body mainly including silica particles having a shape corresponding to a cavity inside the cast metal; and
an outer mold corresponding to the shape of the outer peripheral surface of the cast metal, wherein
the two kinds of silica materials having different particle diameters comprise silica sol and silica fume having larger particle diameters than the silica sol, the silica fume consisting of spherical particles, and
the silica sol and the silica fume have a weight ratio of 1:1 to 2:1.

US Pat. No. 10,166,597

CAMSHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD AND GEAR SHAFT-MANUFACTURING METHOD

1. A camshaft-manufacturing method, comprising:preparing a plurality of split dies including recessed cam accommodation portions provided on side surfaces and rib accommodation portions formed in the recessed cam accommodation portions, configuring a split die group by butting side surfaces of the split dies, and forming a plurality of cam accommodation portions including the recessed cam accommodation portions between each adjacent pair of the split dies, in order to prepare the split die group;
preparing a cam including a through-hole, a cam body which is smaller than each of the cam accommodation portions, and ribs which are provided on both sides in a thickness direction of the cam body and configured to be fitted into the rib accommodation portions, and a hollow shaft, and arranging the cam and the shaft so that the cam body is accommodated in the cam accommodation portions, the ribs are fitted in the rib accommodation portions, and the hollow shaft is inserted into the through-hole of the cam, in order to prepare processing; and
introducing pressurized fluid into a hollow portion of the hollow shaft and performing hydroform processing, and fixing the cam to the hollow shaft by expanding the hollow shaft, in order to perform the processing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,596

FORGING APPARATUS WITH FORGING RAMS GUIDED IN THE DIRECTION OF STROKE AND ACCOMMODATING FORGING TOOLS

GFM-GmbH, Steyr (AT)

1. A forging apparatus, comprising:(a) first and second forging rams guided in a stroke direction and comprising a first abutment and a second abutment, respectively;
(b) first and second forging tools accommodated in the first and second forging rams, respectively;
(c) first and second shafts having a first shaft axis and a second shaft axis, respectively;
(d) first and second lifting drives driven by the first and second shafts, respectively, and supported on the first and second abutments, respectively, the first and second abutments being held in contact on the first and second lifting drives, respectively;
(e) a frame; and
(f) first and second support bearings disposed on the frame;
wherein the first shaft comprises first and second drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the first shaft axis, and cooperating with the first abutment;
wherein the second shaft comprises third and fourth drive cams angularly offset by 180° in relation to each other, centrally symmetric with respect to the second shaft axis, and cooperating with the second abutment;
wherein the first shaft is rotatably guided between first and second bearing shells, wherein the first bearing shell is arranged in the first abutment and the second bearing shell is arranged opposite of the first bearing shell in the first support bearing supported in the stroke direction on the frame;
wherein the second shaft is rotatably guided between third and fourth bearing shells, and the third bearing shell is arranged in the second abutment and the fourth bearing shell is arranged opposite of the third bearing shell in the second support bearing supported in the stroke direction; and
wherein the first support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the first shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction and the second support bearing is mounted perpendicularly to the second shaft and is displaceably mounted in the frame perpendicularly to the stroke direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,595

ROLLING TOOL

1. A rolling tool for the roller finishing of bearing surfaces of a crankshaft which is pivotable around a crankshaft axis, the rolling tool comprising:a finishing roller head; and
a support roller head;
wherein the finishing roller head comprises a finishing roller head frame, a finishing roller head housing, a roller finishing roller, a pressure roller, and a roller cage;
wherein the roller finishing roller and the pressure roller are mounted in the finishing roller head housing;
wherein the roller finishing roller is guided on all sides by the roller cage;
wherein the support roller head comprises a support roller frame, a support roller housing, and two supporting rollers;
wherein the two support rollers are mounted in the support roller housing and are operable to support the crankshaft against a rolling force acting on the crankshaft through the roller finishing roller;
wherein both (i) the finishing roller head housing is mounted in the finishing roller head frame such that the finishing roller head housing is pivotable around a first pivot axis that is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to a tangent on a working side of the roller finishing roller and (ii) the support roller housing is mounted in the support roller frame such that the support roller housing is pivotable around a second pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and parallel to the first pivot axis, and around a third pivot axis which is perpendicular to the crankshaft axis and perpendicular to the first pivot axis; and
wherein the first pivot axis is defined by a secant passing through the crankshaft and being a distance of less than 10 millimeters from the tangent on the working side of the roller finishing roller.

US Pat. No. 10,166,594

SPRING FORMING DEVICE, METHOD FOR FORMING A HELICAL SPRING AND CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM

SIMPLEX RAPID S.R.L., Sa...

1. Spring forming device comprising:a system for feeding a wire for forming a helical spring;
a winding system suitable for winding said wire according to a helical configuration having a predefined diameter (D) extending along a helix development axis (A);
one or more pitch tools, each adapted to act on wire such that it takes on said cylindrical helix configuration with a predetermined pitch (p);
a system for detecting an actual pitch (peff) of the spring forming in the device starting from said wire and
a control unit comprising means for detecting an amount (I) of the fed wire;
said control unit is configured to:
determine an actual length (Leff) of the spring forming in the device, based on the actual fed wire amount (I) and pitch (peff) detected for spring portions already formed in the device;
determine a reference length (L) as a function of said actual amount (I) of fed wire;
determine an error between said reference length (L) and said actual length (Leff); and
generate a command signal such that, during spring formation, the configuration of one of said one or more pitch tools is varied as a function of said error.

US Pat. No. 10,166,591

FORMING APPARATUS

Belvac Production Machine...

1. A rotatable forming apparatus for modifying a shape of a container, comprising: a frame having a lower base and an upper base, the lower base having a bottom surface and a generally opposing top surface, the bottom surface contacting a support surface; a forming turret assembly connected to the frame and including: a drive shaft extending in a vertical direction along a longitudinal axis from the top surface of the lower base to the upper base; a fixed turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft; a turret starwheel coaxial with the drive shaft, wherein the turret starwheel is configured to receive the container; an axially movable turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft and above the fixed turret portion, the axially moveable turret portion including a cam and an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the axially moveable turret portion in the vertical direction along the drive shaft with respect to the fixed turret portion so as to configure the forming turret assembly readily adjustable for containers of different lengths; forming ram assemblies extending around and connected to the axially movable turret portion, wherein each of the forming ram assemblies includes: cam followers configured to follow the cam as the cam rotates; a forming die operatively connected to the cam followers such that the forming die moves in the vertical direction while following the cam; a knockout tooling device; and a drive cylinder that causes axial movement of the knockout tooling device and is configured to operate independently of the forming die.

US Pat. No. 10,166,589

FORMING TOOL AND METHOD FOR HOT FORMING AND PARTIALLY PRESS HARDENING A WORKPIECE MADE OF SHEET STEEL

Gestamp Umformtechnik Gmb...

1. A forming tool for hot forming and partially press hardening a workpiece made of sheet steel, comprising:a die,
a punch which can be inserted into a cavity of the die to form the workpiece, and
a cooling device,
wherein the die is formed of a first die part and at least one second die part which is movable relative to the first die part, while the punch is formed of a first punch part and at least one second punch part which is movable relative to the first punch part,
wherein the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part interact with an opening device which causes the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to contact the workpiece for a shorter time than the first die part and the first punch part, and
wherein the die parts are movably connected to a die carrier and the punch parts are movably connected to a punch carrier, the die carrier and the punch carrier each being provided with a ram, and wherein when the die carrier and the punch carrier are moved closer together, the rams cause the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,166,588

APPARATUS FOR FORMING A STEEL WORKPIECE

MS AUTOTECH CO., LTD., G...

1. An apparatus for forming a steel workpiece, the apparatus comprising:a press comprising an upper mold and a lower mold and is configured to temporarily stop movement of the upper mold at a controlled position;
electrodes for applying electrical current to the workpiece loaded on the lower mold;
at least one power supply for supplying the electrical current to the electrodes;
a control unit for controlling the power supply; and
a first sensor disposed on the upper mold or the lower mold to measure a force applied to the workpiece and transmit the measured values to the control unit,
wherein the control unit controls a start timing of the power supply to supply the electrical current to the electrodes by using the values from the first sensor,
wherein the lower mold comprises:
a lower die; and
a steel assembly disposed on the lower die and contacting the workpiece loaded on the lower mold,
wherein the electrodes are disposed on the steel assembly and protrude above a surface of the steel assembly facing the workpiece so that the electrodes contact the workpiece in advance of the steel assembly, and
wherein an insulation material having elasticity is disposed between the electrodes and the steel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,587

SMART ACTIVE CONTROL ROLLER HEMMING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, ...

1. A smart active control hemming device, comprising:a robot arm; and
a hemming roller unit disposed at a front end portion of the robot arm,
wherein the hemming roller unit comprises:
a plurality of hemming rollers;
a control motor driven with an electric motor to adjust a hemming pressure or position of at least one of the hemming rollers; and
a pressure detection sensor configured to detect a hemming pressure of the hemming roller in which a hemming pressure is adjusted by the control motor, and
wherein the smart active control hemming device further comprises:
a signal amplification device configured to amplify a pressure signal detected by the pressure detection sensor;
a hemming pressure input unit configured to receive an input of a target value of a hemming pressure formed by the hemming rollers; and
a hemming pressure active controller configured to receive an actual value of a hemming pressure detected by the pressure detection sensor through the signal amplification device and compare the actual value with the target value to adjust a hemming pressure using the control motor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,586

REFORM TUB IRIS TO ALSO INCLUDE COIL SHEAR

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES US...

1. A combined iris and shear unit for a coil forming device, the unit comprising:an actuator and a plurality of support members coupled together in series to support formation of a coil and connected to the actuator; wherein each support member further comprises a retractable shear blades of a combined iris and shear unit, the actuator adapted to cause movement of the support members between an open position with the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit being retracted away from a reform tub wall, so that coil forming takes place within the reform tub without interference;
a support position with the retractable blades extended into the reform tub and providing support for the coil; or a shear position for cutting the coil before it is extracted, wherein the actuator receives signals from a controller to cause the retractable shear blades of the combined iris and shear unit to move to a required position where movement of each of the retractable shear blades occurs in conjunction with movement of one or more supporting member, and
a coil height sensor that is positioned at the top of the reform tub and a controller, whereby retraction or extension of the supports is controlled in response to signals from the height sensor received by the controller, wherein when the coil height sensor is triggered a first time the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit performs the support function of an iris and is used to provide a gradual coil build up needed within the reform tub, when the coil height sensor is triggered a second time the combined iris and shear unit is opened to let the coil drop to a coil plate, having weight sensors, until a specified coil weight has been achieved and then the combined iris and shear unit is closed, the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit are moved into a cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,583

PROCESS FOR HOT-ROLLING METALLIC HOLLOW BODIES AND CORRESPONDING HOT-ROLLING MILL

SMS group GmbH, Duesseld...

1. A method for hot-rolling a metallic, elongated hollow body, said method comprising:disposing a rolling rod in the hollow body;
providing a solid lubricant as a lubricant film;
applying the lubricant film in solid form to the rolling rod; and
subsequently hot rolling the hollow body after the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod;
wherein a first roller disposed adjacent to the rolling rod presses the lubricant film onto the rolling rod; and
wherein:
a functional agent is provided as a functional agent film or as a functional agent sheet and the functional agent film or the functional agent sheet is applied in solid form to the rolling rod or to the lubricant film before the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod.

US Pat. No. 10,166,582

SPINNING METHOD AND SPINNING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A spinning method comprising:supporting a supported portion of a cylindrical work by a work supporting portion; pressing a roller of a spinning head against an outer peripheral surface of a processed portion of the work while revolving the roller; and
performing a forming process that points a tube axis of the processed portion of the work in a given direction by moving the roller relative to the work supporting portion and moving a core bar relative to the roller such that a cooperation between the core bar and the roller reduces a diameter of the processed portion along a shape of a distal end portion of the core bar, while making the core bar inserted into the processed portion of the work contact an inner peripheral surface of the processed portion, and bringing the roller into contact with the outer peripheral surface of the processed portion positioned at a tapered portion of the distal end portion of the core bar.

US Pat. No. 10,166,581

INTEGRATED TRANSVERSE ROLLING MILL FOR SEAMLESS TUBES

1. A rolling mill with transverse rolling for rolling seamless tubes from a full-section billet, said rolling mill defining a first rolling axis, comprising:a piercing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a first tube having a first rolled product length after a piercing operation of said full-section billet,
at least one finishing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a second tube, starting from the first tube, having a second rolled product length after a finishing operation of the first tube,
characterized in that the at least one finishing stand is arranged downstream of the piercing stand at a distance equal to or greater than the length of the first rolled product, so that during rolling operations a front end of the first tube may only be gripped by the at least one finishing stand once the rear end of the first tube is no longer gripped by the piercing stand,
and in that the rolling mill comprises at least one stake provided with an end tip adapted to pierce and roll the billet, a first portion having a length greater than the length of the first rolled product, an intermediate tip, adapted to roll the first tube to transform it into a second tube, a second portion having a length greater than the length of the second rolled product, wherein a same stake is used for the piercing operation on the piercing stand and also for the finishing operation on the at least one finishing stand.

US Pat. No. 10,166,579

GAS VENT WITH LOW-PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE FOR LANDFILLS

WATERSHED GEOSYNTHETICS L...

1. A gas vent for a landfill, the landfill having a geomembrane, the gas vent comprising:a sub-surface gas collection manifold for collecting sub-surface gas from beneath a geomembrane, the collection manifold comprising a plenum for receiving sub-surface gas, the plenum defining an interior volume;
a conduit connected to and extending upwardly from the plenum, the conduit communicating with the interior volume of the plenum and having an upper discharge end, the conduit being adapted and provided for extending through an aperture in the geomembrane for communicating sub-surface gas from within the interior volume of the plenum through the geomembrane;
a hood positioned adjacent an upper portion of the conduit and defining a discharge chamber therein into which gas from the discharge end of the conduit is discharged, the hood also having a discharge outlet for venting gas from within the discharge chamber; and
a low-pressure relief valve associated with the conduit and being operative for opening when positive pressure exists within the conduit, the low-pressure relief valve comprising a valve membrane normally resting upon a seat and lifted off the seat by low positive pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,578

SURGICAL DRAPE PLUME EVACUATOR

Nano 2.0 Business Press, ...

1. A surgical drape plume evacuator comprising:a filter enclosure comprising two spaced sheets of porous material joined together at the edges of each of the sheets of porous material;
an operating aperture disposed in the filter enclosure and defining an area within the filter enclosure, serving as a barrier to keep a surgical field sterile and providing access to a surgical site thereto;
a pressure source for providing a positive air pressure to a device that creates a negative air pressure within a conduit that is completely disposed within the interior of the filter enclosure, wherein the conduit is opened at both ends; and
a fluid opening in the operating aperture in communication with one open end of the conduit,
wherein the conduit connects the operating aperture to the interior of the filter enclosure,
wherein the negative pressure created within the conduit by operation of the pressure source and device causes a smoke plume generated during surgery at the surgical site to drag through the conduit and into the interior of the filter enclosure,
wherein the smoke plume that is generated during surgery at the surgical site and is dragged through the conduit into the interior of the filter enclosure is completely entrapped within the filter enclosure, wherein none of the smoke plume that is entrapped within the filter enclosure is thereafter released from the interior of the filter enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,577

STORMWATER VAULT SERVICING PROCESS

1. A method of cleaning a stormwater vault comprising the steps of:selecting a stormwater vault having a periphery wall and a floor to form an interior chamber having an upper and lower chamber portion and having a stormwater inlet thereinto and an outlet therefrom, said vault floor having a downwardly sloped section extending from said periphery wall towards a central pickup area, said vault having an access entrance thereinto and having a water spray pipe having a plurality of spaced outlets therefrom mounted around the periphery of said vault interior chamber adjacent said sloped floor section, said outlets being aimed along the surface of said downwardly sloped floor sections for flushing debris settled in said vault interior chamber toward said central pickup area and a water supply pipe located in said vault interior chamber and connected to said water spray pipe and having a water coupling thereon positioned for attaching a water line thereto from outside said vault;
opening said vault access entrance;
inserting a vacuum suction line having an inlet end for drawing materials thereinto from said vault interior chamber through said access entrance;
withdrawing sediment in the bottom portion of said vault interior chamber beneath said inserted vacuum line;
connecting a water supply line to said water pipe coupling; and
applying water under pressure into said water spray pipe to spray water out said water spray pipe outlets to liquify and move the sediment in said vault interior chamber towards said vacuum inlet to withdraw the moved sediment from said vault.

US Pat. No. 10,166,576

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A LIQUID FREE OF PARTICLES

1. A system comprising:a high-pressure coolant system for supplying coolant to a machine tool under pressure, the high-pressure coolant system comprising a pump in fluid connection with at least one outlet via a first valve to provide high-pressure coolant to the machine tool and in fluid connection with a dump valve to relieve pressure upon a state change of the high-pressure coolant system in which supply of a high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system to the machine tool is stopped by closing the first valve;
at least one nozzle plumbed to the dump valve; and
at least one filter element, the at least one nozzle being configured to spray the at least one filter element with the high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system upon actuation of the dump valve upon the state change of the high-pressure coolant system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,575

SHIFT AND HOLD CONVEYOR ASSEMBLY FOR REMOVAL OF OVERSIZE PARCELS

Fives Intralogistics Corp...

1. A method of shifting, holding and removing articles from a conveying apparatus comprising the steps of:conveying a plurality of articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction on an upstream conveyor including a low friction conveying surface;
conveying said articles along a first sidewall extending outwardly along an inward side edge of said upstream conveyor at a selected position for a selected length;
conveying said articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction along an intermediate conveyor having a low friction conveying surface in flow communication with said upstream conveyor, said intermediate conveyor having a narrower width than said upstream conveyor;
conveying said articles along a second sidewall extending along an inward side edge of said intermediate conveyor;
conveying said articles along an offset extending inwardly from said first sidewall toward said second sidewall;
conveying said articles along a raised high friction belt of a selected width extending along an outer edge of said intermediate conveyor opposite of and parallel to said second sidewall said high friction belt raised a selected height above the surface of said low friction conveying surface of said intermediate conveyor holding said article coming in contact with said high friction belt preventing a lateral shift toward said inward offset and said second sidewall, said high friction belt raised an effective height and having an effective width to create a tipover threshold for said articles having a portion extending over both sides of said high friction belt and a center of gravity extending over a portion of said high friction belt opposite said second sidewall for tipping over and removing said articles from said intermediate conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING SCREEN PANEL ASSEMBLIES FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATORS

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A method, comprising:fabricating a screen panel support frame having a curved non-planar shape, said curved non-planar shape having a first post-fabrication amount of curvature; and
after fabricating said screen panel support frame, performing a screen panel unitization process to unitize said screen panel support frame having said first post-fabrication amount of curvature with at least a plurality of layers of screening material, said screen panel unitization process inducing bowing in said screen panel support frame, wherein said screen panel unitization process is arranged so that, after completing said screen panel unitization process, said bowing induced in said screen panel support frame reduces a net amount of curvature in said screen panel support frame from said first post-fabrication amount of curvature to a second post-unitization amount of curvature that is less than said first post-fabrication amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,573

ECCENTRIC ASSEMBLY FOR A VIBRATION COMPACTING MACHINE

Volvo Construction Equipm...

1. An eccentric assembly for a vibration compacting machine, the eccentric assembly comprising:a housing driven and rotated by a motor;
an eccentric shaft installed in the housing so as to have a changeable angular position by rotating relative to the housing;
a locking device adopted to lock the eccentric shaft by engaging with one side of the eccentric shaft, and to unlock the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined locking critical speed ??;
a clamping device adopted to clamp an opposite side of the one side of the eccentric shaft that engages with the locking device, and to release clamping to the eccentric shaft when a rotational speed of the housing is greater than a predetermined clamping critical speed ox; and
a stopper installed in the housing so as to limit a rotation angle of the eccentric shaft generated when locking and clamping to the eccentric shaft are released.

US Pat. No. 10,166,571

REFINING METHOD FOR MICROSTRUCTURE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A method for refining nano/micro structures, comprising:preparing a mixed solution including nano/micro structures with different dimensions;
spreading the mixed solution including the nano/micro structures on a substrate that is inclined to form a layer on the substrate including subsets of nano/micro structures, each of the subset having nano/micro structures with substantially same mass or size;
collecting a part of the layer on the substrate, the part of the layer including at least one subset of the nano/micro structures; and
recovering the subset of nano/micro structures included in the collected part of the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,570

APPLICATOR SYSTEM FOR EXTRUSIVE DISPENSING OF WORK MATERIAL FROM COLLAPSIBLE CARTRIDGE

Plas-Pak Industries, Inc....

1. An applicator system for extrusive dispensing of work material from a flexible pre-charged portion of a cartridge unit, the system comprising:a body portion having an actuator portion and a housing portion coupled thereto;
said housing portion including a cartridge bay and an arresting member disposed forward of said cartridge bay and displaceably coupled thereto, said cartridge bay being configured to receive the cartridge unit and defining at least one containment compartment configured to receive and substantially enclose the flexible pre-charged cartridge of the cartridge unit, said arresting member being displaceable between open and closed configurations for releasable retention of the cartridge unit against forward escape from said cartridge bay, said arresting member in the open and closed configurations respectively opening and closing access to said containment compartment;
said actuator portion coupled to said housing portion in communication with said cartridge bay, said actuator portion including a drive member engaging the flexible pre-charged cartridge within said containment compartment; and,
said body portion including a handle and an activation member coupled thereto, said activation member being coupled to said actuator portion to selectively activate displacement of said drive member within said containment compartment responsive to user manipulation, said drive member being selectively driven thereby to compress the flexible pre-charged cartridge in a forward direction along and in direct contact with a surrounding inner surface of said containment compartment toward said arresting member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,569

PAINTING SYSTEM

1. A painting system comprising:a paint applicator having an elongated configuration with a length that is substantially greater than a width and a width that is substantially greater than a height, wherein the paint applicator has a generally planar shape;
a handle portion having a distal end; and
an applicator portion extending from the distal end of the handle portion, wherein the paint applicator is removably attachable to the applicator portion, wherein an engagement structure that extends from one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator, wherein the engagement structure has a linear shape, wherein a recess is formed in the one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator from which the engagement structure does not extend, wherein the recess is adapted to receive a portion of the engagement structure to restrict movement of the paint applicator with respect to the applicator portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,568

ASSEMBLY, IN PARTICULAR A PLAY FOUNTAIN

HOEKS BEHEER B.V., Baarn...

1. An assembly, comprising:a floor configured to support people;
a plurality of electrical devices including electric motors coupled to pumps and nozzles configured to generate jets of liquid, distributed over the floor;
a plurality of rechargeable batteries, each rechargeable battery connected to one or more of the electric motors;
at least one charger connected to one or more of the plurality of rechargeable batteries and configured to connect to a power source; and
a control system configured to operate the plurality of electrical devices and the at least one charger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,566

FLEXIBLE TUBULAR TAPE

Tube Tape, LLC, Richmond...

1. A flexible, tubular tape product comprising;a hollow tape tube formed from a spiral wound strip of overlapping pressure sensitive adhesive coated tape, wherein the hollow tape tube defines an empty interior core space and further wherein the outside surface of the hollow tape tube is coated with the pressure sensitive adhesive;
and a flexible core shaft inside the interior core space of the hollow tape tube, wherein the flexible core shaft defines an outside diameter and the hollow tape tube defines an inside diameter, and the outside diameter of the flexible core shaft is less than the inside diameter of the hollow tape tube.

US Pat. No. 10,166,565

IRRIGATION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FLOW RATE INTO IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OR ABSENCE OF AN IRRIGATION FAULT

1. An irrigation system comprising:a combined irrigation monitor and controller comprising a processor having a first and a second output and a first input;
a flow sensor coupled to the first input and an irrigation feed;
a first valve, the first valve coupled to the first output, the irrigation feed, and a first irrigation zone;
a second valve, the second valve coupled to the second output, the irrigation feed, and a second irrigation zone;
wherein when the state of the first output is in a first state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a first amount of flow;
wherein when the state of the second output is in a second state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a second amount of flow;
wherein the first and second quantified flows are processed by the processor to produce data selected from the following list: detection of an unexpected flow condition in combination with an indicator of the zone responsible for the unexpected flow condition; a flow characteristic of the first zone; information about a fault condition including the zone in which the fault condition occurs; or, a report of irrigation system performance including the amount of water flow to the first zone.

US Pat. No. 10,166,564

FLUID PRODUCT DISPENSER WITH CAPTIVE PUSHER

APTAR FRANCE SAS, Le Neu...

1. A fluid dispenser comprising:a fluid reservoir that defines an opening;
a dispenser member that is mounted in the opening of the reservoir and that includes an actuator rod;
a pusher for mounting on the actuator rod of the dispenser member; and
a covering shell in which an assembly, formed by the reservoir and the dispenser member, is adapted to be held in removable manner, the pusher being held captive by the covering shell so that said actuator rod can be connected to the pusher only in the covering shell, the pusher being axially movable in the covering shell over a limited stroke that is defined by a low abutment and a high abutment;
magnetic means act between the covering shell and the pusher so as to hold the pusher, by magnetic attraction/repulsion, in a determined position that is stationary relative to the covering shell, when the actuator rod is disconnected from the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,166,562

PROTECTIVE CAP WITH DETACHABLE NOZZLE AND NOZZLE HOLDER

TOP SECRET INC., Santa M...

1. An apparatus for dispensing dry powder, said apparatus comprising:an applicator device having a spray outlet hole; and
a protective applicator cap, comprising:
a) a top wall horizontal to the base of the applicator device when said applicator cap is attached to the applicator device;
b) a downward terminating cylindrical side wall descending all around from said top wall;
c) a spray nozzle which is a hollow tube insertable into said spray outlet hole;
d) a cutout for said spray nozzle which is a single opening in the cylindrical side wall, said applicator cap being rotatable between an open position overlying the spray outlet hole of said applicator device whereby it can receive and communicate with said spray nozzle, and a closed position wherein said opening is not overlying the spray outlet hole, the spray outlet hole being closed by said applicator cap;
e) a nozzle holder clamp attached to said cylindrical wall and adapted to receive the spray nozzle when said spray nozzle is not in use, wherein said spray nozzle being movable between an inserted position wherein it is attached to the spray outlet hole through said cutout, and a detached position when it is held by said nozzle holder clamp;
wherein the applicator cap prevents discharge of dry powder in both the open position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,561

FLUID RESERVOIR AND DISPENSING DEVICE

MAKINEX IP PTY LTD, Arta...

1. A fluid reservoir assembly of the type that can store and release fluid under pressure, the assembly having an outer body which enables an inner tube to be stretched and held between the ends of the outer body and the inner tube having an inlet and an outlet for a fluid to enter and exit the inner tube, wherein the inner tube is held stretched in the range of (0.2*ØOB/ØIT) to (2*ØOB/ØIT) times the at-rest length of said inner tube, where Ø0B is the inside diameter or dimension of an aperture through said outer body which is to contain the inner tube and ØIT is the outside diameter of the inner tube when measured at rest and forming a circle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,559

HOSE END SPRAYER WITH MULTI-SIZE BOTTLE CONNECTORS

Root-Lowell Manufacturing...

1. A hose end sprayer with multi-size bottle connectors comprising:a lid including:
a cap having a top and two or more annular bottle connectors with different diameters positioned on an underside of the top;
a liquid conduit extending across the top, the conduit having an inlet at one end that is attachable to a hose and an outlet nozzle at an opposite end for discharging liquid; and
a siphon tube having an upper end connected to and in fluid communication with an interior of the conduit at a point inside of the periphery of the smallest bottle connector, the siphon tube extending downwardly from the upper end to a lower end positioned below the upper end, the siphon tube being formed such that liquid in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube is urged upwardly from the lower end through the upper end into the liquid conduit as a result of liquid flowing through the liquid conduit causing the admixture of liquid in the inlet conduit with liquid drawn through the siphon tube, with the admixed liquids being discharged from the outlet nozzle; and
at least one liquid container adapted to hold a liquid chemical, the liquid container having an open mouth of a size and shape that mates with and is releasably attachable to one of the bottle connectors on the underside of the top, such that when the lid is mounted on the container and the container is filled with a sufficient quantity of liquid chemical that the liquid chemical is in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube, the liquid chemical is siphoned into liquid that is transmitted through the sprayer from the hose inlet to the nozzle, thereby causing admixed liquids to be discharged from the nozzle;
wherein the sprayer includes multiple containers of different heights and the siphon tube is flexible and long enough to extend to a position adjacent the bottom of the tallest container, the siphon tube being bendable so it also extends to the bottom of shorter containers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,558

COOLING DEVICE FOR A SPRAYING NOZZLE OR SPRAYING NOZZLE ASSEMBLY WITH A COOLING DEVICE FOR THERMAL SPRAYING

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A cooling device for a spraying nozzle which is suitable for thermal spraying, comprising:a covering with an exterior surface and an inner space configured for arrangement of the spraying nozzle, wherein the covering is constructed from two half-shells and a separation line extends between the half-shells in a longitudinal direction of the covering,
an inlet and an outlet for a cooling fluid,
wherein the inner space of the covering is constructed as a fitting face in contact with the spray nozzle over at least two-thirds of a longitudinal extent of the covering, wherein when the spraying nozzle is assembled in the inner space a fit is formed between the spraying nozzle and the covering,
a lining for the fitting face of the covering, the lining providing an adaptor for dimensional differences between the covering and the spraying nozzle, and
a cooling line provided in the covering, the cooling line having a closed cross-section and connecting the inlet to the outlet,
a second cooling line, wherein each of the cooling lines feeds into a different one of the two half-shells, and
a second inlet and a second outlet, wherein each of the two half-shells is in communication with only one of the two inlets and only one of the two outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,557

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY TOOL SYSTEM

Carlisle Fluid Technologi...

1. A system, comprising:an electrostatic spray system, comprising:
an electrostatic tool; and
a spray tip assembly configured to receive a coating material and an airflow to atomize and charge the coating material, and spray the coating material in an airflow direction, comprising:
a first air cap horn comprising a first recess on a first exterior surface at a first distal end of the first air cap horn, wherein the first recess surrounds an outlet of an aperture that extends through the first air cap horn;
a first charging pin configured to extend through the aperture and disposed within the first recess; and
a grounded pin, wherein the first charging pin and the grounded pin are configured to produce an electric field that charges the coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,556

PULSATING HIGH PRESSURE AIR AND WATER NOZZLE

VAC-TRON EQUIPMENT, LLC, ...

1. A pulsating nozzle, the nozzle comprising:an impeller adapted to rotate about an axis;
an annular housing securing the impeller therein;
a supply aperture secured to the annular housing, wherein the supply aperture is orientated to direct a stream of pressurized fluid to impact the impeller; and
a discharge port secured to the annular housing to discharge a pulsating stream of fluid;
the impeller comprising
a plurality of radial spaced vanes positioned to cause the impeller to rotate by the stream of pressurized fluid, wherein the plurality of vanes is configured to intermittently block the discharge port as the impeller rotates to generate the pulsating stream of fluid; and
a cavity formed between each vane of the plurality of vanes, wherein each cavity having an opening and a closed bottom to fill the respective cavity with a volume of the pressurized fluid at the supply aperture and to discharge the volume of pressurized fluid back through the opening at the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,555

WATER JET DEVICE FOR ROTARY MASSAGE

1. A water jet device for rotary massage, comprising:a seat (1) including at least one outlet (10) and a cavity (11);
a cover (2) including an inlet (20);
a separating member (3) including at least one inclined water ejection port (30) communicating with the inlet (20);
a rotary shaft (4);
an impeller (5) including a plurality of water channels (50) formed between blades of the impellers (5);
a rotor (6) including a plurality of curved grooves (60) formed on an outer surface;. and
a track assembly (7) including an annular rail (71) having ascending and descending sections formed on a bottom of the cavity (11), and a plurality of sliders (72) formed on an underside of the impeller (5);
wherein the impeller (5) is disposed in the cavity (11) and mounted between the rotor (6) and the separating member (3) via the rotary shaft (4);
wherein the rotor (6) is disposed in the outlet (10) below the impeller (5);
wherein water flowing through the water ejection port (30) rotates the impeller (5) and further rotates the rotor (6), thereby spraying the water out of the curved grooves (60) in water particles of annular pattern;
wherein the sliders (72) are configured to move along the annular rail (71); and
wherein rotation of the impeller (5) and the ascending and descending of the sliders (72) along the annular rail (71) fluctuate the water flowing through the impeller (5), and the water flows through the rotor (6), thereby forming intermittent annular water sprays.

US Pat. No. 10,166,554

INJECTOR

Score (Europe) Limited, ...

1. A valve injector comprising:a body defining a fluid conduit;
the fluid conduit accommodating first, second and third checks;
the first check being disposed within the fluid conduit towards a first end of the injector;
the second check being disposed towards a second end of the injector, distally from the first end; and
the third check being located between the first and second check;
wherein each check is biased against a respective first, second, and third seat located in the fluid conduit by a respective first, second, and third biasing member, blocking a respective orifice in the seat and thereby preventing flow through the fluid conduit;
wherein the first, second, and third biasing members are first, second, and third biasing springs;
wherein a bias force of each of the first, second, and third biasing member is such that the bias force is overcomeable by the application of a predetermined pressure in a first direction against the bias force on the respective first, second, and third check whereby each respective check is moved away from the first seat, the second seat, and the third seat, respectively and the orifice of the respective seat is unblocked, wherein upon removal of the pressure, each respective check is operable to return into a position blocking the orifice in the respective seat;
wherein the body comprises:
a fourth seat located in the fluid conduit longitudinally spaced from the third seat; and a fourth biasing member; wherein the fourth biasing member is defined by a second end of a first body section;
wherein, in one mode of operation, the third check is biased against the fourth seat by the fourth biasing member in a direction opposite the bias force of the third biasing member, whereby the third check is retained between the third and fourth biasing members and is biased against the third and the fourth seats thereby blocking respective orifices in the third and the fourth seats, the one mode of operation being a locked mode where the injector cannot be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit;
wherein in a second mode of operation, the fourth biasing member is axially spaced from a position in which the fourth biasing member biases the third check against the fourth seat, while the third biasing member biases the third check against the third seat, whereby the third check is axially spaced from the fourth seat and the orifice of the fourth seat is unblocked;
the second mode of operation of the injector being a working mode in which the injector can be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit; and
the bias force of each of the first, second and third biasing member can be overcome by application of a predetermined pressure in the first direction on the respective first, second, and third check whereby the respective check is moved away from respective seat and the orifice of the seat is unblocked whereby fluid can pass through the fluid conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,553

DIVERTER VALVE ASSEMBLY

Xiamen Lota International...

1. A diverter valve assembly that selectively controls a flow of water supplied to the diverter valve assembly, comprising:a valve body having a water inlet port, a first outlet port and a second outlet port, each of said ports disposed radially around the valve body, and an internal chamber in fluid communication with each of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port;
a valve core rotatably positioned with the internal chamber of the valve body, the valve core configured to control the direction of water flow within the diverter valve assembly, the valve core including (i) a center plug having a partition and a passageway that allows water to flow into the center plug; (ii) a valve stem extending from an end of the valve core to a position outside of the internal chamber; and (iii) an elastic cup seal coupled to the partition of the center plug, wherein water that flows into the center plug through the passageway exerts pressure on the elastic cup seal; and
a rotation knob coupled to the valve stem, the elastic cup seal configured to block water flow when fully engaged with any of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,552

VALVE FOR DRAINING OFF GAS FROM A CENTRIFUGAL SEPARATOR

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A valve for draining off gas from a centrifugal separator, said valve comprising:a valve body having a central axis around which said valve may be rotated;
a cavity arranged at a radial distance from said central axis and comprising a valve ball and a valve seat;
at least one drain channel extending from said valve seat of the cavity to an outside of said valve body; and
at least one gas intake extending from the outside of said valve body to said cavity,
wherein said valve ball is in a relaxed state within said cavity and is arranged to float on a liquid surface present within the cavity, and the valve ball is movable in said cavity in the radial direction from the central axis from a closed position, in which the hall rests against the valve seat and blocks gas in the cavity from entering said at least one drain channel, to an open position, in which the valve ball is at a longer radial distance from the central axis compared to the closed position, and in which open position said valve ball does not block said valve seat and allows gas in said cavity to drain from said valve via said drain channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,551

CENTRIFUGE MACHINE HAVING AN IMPROVED DISCHARGE SYSTEM

FLOWERSEP, La Farlede (F...

1. A centrifugal machine comprising:a discharge system;
a bowl rotating about an axis, the bowl being delimited by an outer wall enclosing a volume;
the discharge system comprising:
at least one collecting chamber occupying a portion of a volume of the bowl,
at least one port in front of each collecting chamber through a wall of the bowl,
a piston displaceable in a cell of the bowl wall between each port and the collecting chamber respectively, and
a displacement device to displace the piston, the displacement device being non-rotatable;
wherein each piston includes a solid section and a transverse aperture; and
wherein the port is positioned offset in relation to the collecting chamber, and the transverse aperture is alternately aligned with the port and with the collecting chamber in radial directions relative to the axis through movement of the piston caused by the displacement device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,549

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR THE SELECTION AND/OR PROCESSING OF PARTICLES, IN PARTICULAR FOR THE SELECTIVE AND/OR OPTIMISED LYSIS OF CELLS

Menarini Silicon Biosyste...

1. A method for selecting and processing of first particles sensitive to the application of an external stimulus and lysing at least one selected first particle, comprising the steps of:a) providing an array of electrodes, each electrode having dimensions comparable to or smaller than those of said first particles and each electrode being a selectable electrode;
b) selectively energizing said array of electrodes to apply to all of said electrodes a first pattern of voltages to generate a first field of force having first points of stable equilibrium each positioned at a first position, wherein the first particles are attracted towards the first points of stable equilibrium and are situated at the first position;
c) applying to all of said electrodes of said array a second pattern of voltages, different from the first pattern of voltages, to generate a second field of force having at least one second point of stable equilibrium positioned at a second position in a gap between at least two adjacent electrodes in proximity of the at least one selected first particle to be lysed; wherein the at least one selected first particle to be lysed is attracted to the at least one second point of stable equilibrium and shifted to the second position, and wherein:
i) said second field of force applies, only at the second position at which at least one second point of stable equilibrium is generated, a stimulus to lyse the at least one selected first particle to be lysed and said second field of force being designed such that at least one first particle that is not selected to be lysed remains at the first position;
ii) said first pattern of voltages and said second pattern of voltages are applied in a time sequence to the same said electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,548

DUST COLLECTION ASSEMBLY, AIR PURIFICATION DEVICE AND AIR CONDITIONER

GD MIDEA AIR-CONDITIONING...

1. A dust collection assembly, comprising:a first annular ring having a first outer ring and a plurality of first blades disposed in an inner surface of the first outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the first annular ring has a first electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with one of a positive pole and a negative pole of a power source;
a second annular ring having a second outer ring and a plurality of second blades disposed in an inner surface of the second outer ring along a circumferential direction, wherein the second annular ring is disposed below the first annular ring, the plurality of second blades and the plurality of first blades are arranged to be staggered in the circumferential direction, and the second annular ring has a second electrically connecting piece configured to be connected with the other one of the positive pole and the negative pole of the power source;
an insulation spacing assembly disposed between the first annular ring and the second annular ring and spacing the first annular ring and the second annular ring apart; and
an air guide configured to have an annular shape and fitted over the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring, wherein the air guide is connected with the first annular ring and/or the second annular ring by means of a snap, and an external diameter of an upper end of the air guide is larger than an external diameter of an lower end of the air guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,546

REDUCED MASS PLATES FOR REFINERS AND DISPERSERS

Andritz Inc., Glens Fall...

1. A plate segment configured to be mounted on a disc of a disperser or refiner of comminuted cellulosic material, the plate segment comprising:a front face including disperser teeth or refining bars;
a back face opposing the front face, the back face including a raised post surrounding a hole configured to receive a fastener a raised plate positioning section;
lateral sides extending between the front face and the back face; and
a radially outer side and a radially inner side extending between the lateral sides, wherein the radially inner side comprises a contact edge;
wherein the back face lacks raised structures along the lateral aides,
wherein the raised post and raised plate positioning section each have contact surfaces, wherein the contact surfaces and the contact edge are aligned in a common contact plane, and wherein the back face is not configured to abut a disc of a disperser or a refiner of comminuted cellulosic material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,545

VALVE-MANIFOLD LABORATORY GLASSWARE WITH ELECTRICALLY MOTORIZED MOVEABLE-GATE VALVES FOR CHEMICAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

1. An article of laboratory glassware for directing a flow of chemical materials, the article of laboratory glassware comprising:a glass manifold having a plurality of first ports and at least one second port and a plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of stopcock housings having an inlet port and an outlet port for carrying the flow of and controlling the flow of chemical materials, wherein one of the inlet port or the outlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected to one of the plurality of first ports;
a plurality of rotating plugs, each of the plurality of rotating plugs associated with one of the plurality of stopcock housings and rotationally fitted into the associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings;
a plurality of electrically-operated motors, each of the plurality of electrically-operated motors associated with one of the plurality of rotating plugs and its associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of rotating plugs further comprising a longitudinally-movable gate, the longitudinally-movable gate movable to a position determined by its associated one of the plurality of electrically-operated motor,
wherein the inlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected with one end of one of a plurality of hollow glass tubes, and
wherein another end of each of the plurality of hollow glass tubes is connected to one of a plurality of first ground glass joints,
wherein the longitudinally-movable gate of each of the plurality of rotating plugs define an area for carrying the flow of the chemical materials, and
wherein the at least one second port of the glass manifold is terminated to at least one of a second ground glass joint.

US Pat. No. 10,166,544

UNIT FOR MAKING AVAILABLE A FLUID FOR A BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING SUCH A UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A unit for making available a fluid for a biochemical analysis device, the unit comprising:a lid element;
a bottom element with at least one bottom recess, wherein the at least one bottom recess is arranged lying opposite the lid element;
a film which, at least in an area of the at least one bottom recess, is arranged between the lid element and the bottom element; and
at least one fluid bag with a force introduction surface via which a force is introduced into the at least one fluid bag,
wherein the at least one fluid bag is arranged folded in the at least one bottom recess and/or is arranged in the at least one bottom recess in such a way that, in a rest state of the film, without pressure acting on the film, the force introduction surface and a main plane of extent of the film are oriented in different directions,
wherein the film is pressed against the force introduction surface when pressure acts on the film in the direction of the at least one bottom recess, so as to introduce the force into the at least one fluid bag, and
wherein the at least one fluid bag has at least one closure seam that opens when the force is introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,166,542

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR MICROFLUIDIC CRYSTALLIZATION BASED ON GRADIENT MIXING

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first layer;
a plurality of first channels and a plurality of vacuum chambers both arranged in the first layer, wherein the plurality of vacuum chambers are each coupled to at least one of the plurality of first channels;
a membrane biased to a closed position, the membrane having a first surface and a second surface, wherein the first surface of the membrane is coupled to the first layer;
a second layer coupled to the second surface of the membrane;
a plurality of wells and a plurality of second channels both arranged in the second layer, wherein the plurality of wells are each coupled to at least one of the plurality of second channels;
a plurality of barrier walls disposed in the plurality of second channels, wherein each of the plurality of barrier walls is arranged opposite to one of the plurality of vacuum chambers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,541

CENTRIFUGAL MICROFLUIDIC PLATFORM FOR AUTOMATED MEDIA EXCHANGE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A microfluidic device, comprising:a substrate configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the substrate having formed therein a media exchange module, the media exchange module comprising:
a sample chamber having a cell retainer which retains one or more cells within the sample chamber during rotation of the substrate;
a first waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a first channel, the first channel forming a first capillary valve having a first burst frequency, the first waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber;
a first media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a second channel, the second channel forming a second capillary valve having a second burst frequency which is greater than the first burst frequency;
a second waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a third channel, the third channel forming a third capillary valve having a third burst frequency which is greater than the second burst frequency, the second waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber and wherein the first waste chamber and the second waste chamber are located at substantially the same radial distance from the axis of rotation; and
a second media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a fourth channel, the fourth channel forming a fourth capillary valve having a fourth burst frequency which is greater than the third burst frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,166,540

GAS EVACUATION SYSTEM FOR NANOFLUIDIC BIOSENSOR

Abionic SA, Epalinges (C...

1. A nanofluidic biosensor system comprising:a bottom substrate and a top substrate;
arranged along a flow direction of the biosensor system between the bottom substrate and the top substrate, (i) an input lateral aperture, (ii) a nanoslit having a functionalized area, and then (iii) at least one of an output lateral aperture and an internal reservoir; and
a gas evacuation subsystem located at at least one of the output lateral aperture and the internal reservoir, along the flow direction located between the nanoslit and an external environment of the biosensor downstream of the nanoslit,
wherein the gas evacuation subsystem evacuates trapped air from the nanofluidic biosensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,537

PARTICLE EXTRUSION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method of making helically formed extrudate particles for use in catalysis, comprising the steps:providing an extruder with a die, the die comprising a plurality of channels extending from an inlet to an outlet, wherein from the inlet to the outlet each channel comprises a first section with a helical bore with a non-circular cross-section, and a second section with a cylindrical bore which has a diameter equal or greater than that of the first section, wherein the second section is at least twice as long as a diameter of the first section;
preparing a starting mixture for extrusion;
feeding the starting mixture through the die of the extruder; and
separating extruded material from the die of the extruder to provide the helically formed extrudate particles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,536

METHOD OF MAKING AND SEPARATING A PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE FROM BUTENE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A fluidized-bed method of cracking butene to form propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fluidized-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, and
separating the propylene and ethylene from the product stream with a stripping column,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,535

METHOD OF TREATING BUTENE TO FORM PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of treating butene to form a mixture of propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst is present in the fixed-bed reactor as particles having a diameter of 0.5-1.0 mm packed in the fixed-bed reactor,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,533

METHODS FOR PRODUCING BORYLATED ARENES

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A process for preparing a borylated aromatic compound comprising contacting an aromatic substrate with a catalytic cobalt complex and a borylation reagent under conditions effective to form the borylated aromatic compound,wherein the borylated aromatic compound comprises a boronic acid or a boronic acid derivative covalently bound to a carbon atom of an aromatic ring,
wherein the catalytic cobalt complex comprises a complex defined by the formula below

wherein
Z is, independently for each occurrence, a halide, a C1-C6 alkyl group, or an aryl group,
n is 2,
R5 is, individually for each occurrence, a halogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, —C(?O)R8, a nitrile group, a C1-C6 alkyl group, an aryl group, or a C1-C6 haloalkyl group,
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4,
R6 is selected from one of the following:

R7 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen or a C1-C6 alkyl group, and
R8 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, or a C1-C6 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,166,532

HIGH MESO-SURFACE AREA AND HIGH ACID SITE DENSITY PENTASIL ZEOLITE FOR USE IN XYLENE CONVERSION

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,166,529

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF VARIOUS CARBON ALLOTROPES BASED MAGNETIC ADSORBENTS WITH HIGH MAGNETIZATION

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A method for producing carbon allotrope-coated magnetic particles comprising:providing a magnetic metal-containing precursor;
heating the magnetic metal-containing precursor in a furnace to form a plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles;
collecting the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles from the furnace;
treating the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with sonic energy in a sonication reactor to de-agglomerate the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles; and
after the treating of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with the sonic energy, removing the carbon-coated magnetic particles from the sonication reactor, and then contacting each of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with carbon allotropes in a vessel,
for a time sufficient so as to obtain a plurality of individual carbon allotrope-coated carbon-coated magnetic particles having a magnetization from 20 emu/g to 140 emu/g and surface area from 200 m2/g to 1000 m2/g,
wherein the carbon allotropes are selected from the group consisting of graphene, graphene oxide, graphite, graphite oxide, carbon fiber, activated carbon, and carbon nanotubes, and
wherein the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles and the carbon allotropes are independent from each other and do not interact with each other until they are contacted with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,166,528

AMMONIA REMOVAL IN FRESHWATER AND SALTWATER SYSTEMS

University of South Flori...

1. A method for producing an ammonia removal agent for water environments, comprising:obtaining a tectosilicate compound wherein the tectosilicate compound is chabazite;
functionalizing the tectosilicate compound, comprising soaking the tectosilicate compound in a synthetic freshwater solution for 24 hours and removing ions from the tectosilicate compound that have a lower ion selectivity than ammonium ions wherein the synthetic freshwater solution consists of:
0.075 g/L of sodium;
0.00312 g/L of potassium;
0.024 g/L of magnesium;
0.193 g/L of chloride
0.043 g/L of calcium;
0.0048 g/L of bicarbonate;
0.096 g/L of sulfate; and
0.310 g/L of alkalinity;
washing the functionalized tectosilicate compound in deionized water; and
drying the functionalized tectosilicate compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,527

SURFACE MODIFICATION OF POROUS BASE SUPPORTS

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. A separating material for affinity chromatography based on a hydroxyl-containing porous base support, to a surface of which porous base support grafted are polymer chains by covalent bonding via OH groups present on the surface of the base support, comprisinga) a porous base support, which base support has been produced from a medium containing silica, which base support has first been coated with zirconia or titanium oxide, and which base support has been treated with a tri- or more functional epoxide,
b) two or more grafted polymer chains having been initiated from one hydroxyl group present on the surface of the base support, and
c) each grafted polymer chain has multiple reactive groups which are suitable for coupling affinity ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,166,526

REACTOR

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A reactor in which a catalyst to accelerate reaction of a reactant is allowed to act on a reaction fluid having a reactant, the reactor comprising:a partition that defines a layered space between a plurality of heat transfer walls into a plurality of reaction flow passages in a parallel form, through which the reaction fluid flows; and
a plurality of catalyst structures, each having the catalyst and being respectively loaded in each of the plurality of reaction flow passages;
wherein each of the plurality of catalyst structures includes a main body made of a thin plate material on which the catalyst is supported, the partition has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of reaction flow passages to communicate with each other, and the communicating portion is arranged in a location closer to inlet side branch points than to outlet side branch points of the reaction flow passages within a range where the reaction fluid branches to flow, and
wherein the main body of each of the plurality of catalyst structures divides the reaction flow passage along the flow direction of the reaction fluid and defines a plurality of partial flow passages in parallel, and the main body has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of partial flow passages to communicate with each other in correspondence with the communicating portion of the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,525

MICROWAVE IRRADIATING AND HEATING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A microwave irradiating and heating device comprising:a reaction furnace having an opening and for containing a sample material to be irradiated with a microwave passed through the opening and to be heated;
a microwave irradiating source for emitting the microwave, the microwave irradiating source being disposed outside the reaction furnace;
a spheroidal mirror for reflecting the microwave emitted from the microwave irradiating source toward the opening of the reaction furnace, the spheroidal mirror being disposed above the reaction furnace;
a lid provided for the opening of the reaction furnace, at least a portion of the lid to which the microwave is irradiated being made from dielectric to transmit the microwave reflected on the spheroidal mirror into the reaction furnace; and
a rugged portion for reflecting irregularly the microwave reflected within the reaction furnace, the rugged portion being provided on a surface, among formed surfaces of the lid, facing the interior space of the reaction furnace in an area other than the portion to which the microwave is irradiated, wherein
the microwave irradiating source and the spheroidal mirror are disposed so that an angle of incidence of the reflected microwave, reflected on the spheroidal mirror and irradiated at the portion of the lid made from the dielectric, matches a Brewster angle of the dielectric.

US Pat. No. 10,166,524

METHANE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PROCESS USING A SUPERSONIC FLOW REACTOR

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. An apparatus for producing acetylene from a feed stream comprising methane comprising:a supersonic reactor for receiving the methane feed stream and heating the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
a reactor shell of the supersonic reactor for defining a reactor chamber wherein the reaction chamber operates at a temperature from about 1200° C. to about 4000° C.;
a combustion zone of the supersonic reactor for combusting a fuel source to provide a high temperature carrier gas passing through the reactor space at supersonic speeds to heat and accelerate the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
the reactor shell comprising an inner shell and an outer shell with one or more channels between the inner shell and the outer shell where the inner shell is constructed of a material having a thermal conductivity of between about 300 and about 450 W/m-K for conducting heat from the reactor chamber and having a melting temperature of between about 500° C. and about 2000° C.; the material being at least copper chrome, or copper chrome zinc, or copper chrome niobium, or copper zirconium or copper silver zirconium; or mixtures thereof; and
one or more sensors positioned within the channel and electronically connected to one or more of a display, a monitoring system and a control system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,523

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A BODY OF POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND MATERIAL DURING LEACHING

Element Six Limited, Cou...

1. A method of processing a body of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) material having a non-diamond phase comprising a diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides, the method comprising:locating the body of PCD material to be processed in a support formed of or coated with a polyketone based plastics material;
forming a sealing closure between the body PCD material and the support to separate a region of the body of PCD material to be treated from a region not to be treated;
inserting the body of PCD material and support into a leaching vessel, the leaching vessel containing an amount of leaching mixture;
leaching an amount of the diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides from the PCD material by exposing at least a portion of the PCD material to the leaching mixture; wherein,
the leaching mixture comprises nitric acid diluted in water, the nitric acid comprising between around 2 to 5 wt % in the nitric acid and water mixture, and one or more additional mineral acids.

US Pat. No. 10,166,522

SYSTEM FOR MIXING FLUIDS BY COALESCENCE OF MULTIPLE EMULSIONS

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

12. A method of sample analysis, comprising:obtaining an emulsion including a plurality of outer droplets disposed in a liquid carrier phase and each encapsulating at least one inner droplet, wherein the outer droplets are sample-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one reagent-containing droplet or wherein the outer droplets are reagent-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one sample-containing droplet; and
heating the emulsion to induce fusion of the outer droplets with the at least one inner droplet to form fused droplets that combine sample and reagent to create assay mixtures for performing an assay.

US Pat. No. 10,166,521

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR CONVERSION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TO CARBON MONIXIDE

CCP Technology GmbH, (DE...

1. An apparatus for converting carbon dioxide CO2 into carbon monoxide CO comprising:a hydrocarbon converter for decomposing a hydrocarbon containing fluid into carbon and hydrogen, wherein the hydrocarbon converter comprises at least one process chamber having at least one inlet for a hydrocarbon containing fluid and at least one outlet for carbon and hydrogen, and wherein the hydrocarbon converter comprises at least one unit for introducing energy into the process chamber, the energy consisting at least partially of heat, wherein the at least one unit for introducing energy into the process chamber is designed in such a way that it can generate, at least locally, temperatures above 1000° C.;
a CO2 converter for converting CO2 into CO, the CO2 converter comprising at least one further process chamber having at least one inlet for CO2 adapted to introduce CO2 from an external CO2 source into the CO2 converter, at least one inlet for carbon and hydrogen, and at least one outlet, wherein the inlet for carbon and hydrogen is directly connected to the at least one outlet of the hydrocarbon converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,519

METHODS AND FUEL PROCESSING APPARATUSES FOR UPGRADING A PYROLYSIS OIL STREAM AND A HYDROCARBON STREAM

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A method of upgrading a pyrolysis oil stream and a hydrocarbon stream in a fluid catalytic cracking unit including a reaction zone, the method comprising the steps of:generating the pyrolysis oil stream in a fast pyrolysis process and wherein the pyrolysis stream is immiscible with the hydrocarbon stream;
providing the pyrolysis oil stream, at a temperature less than or equal to about 80° C., through a pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream through a hydrocarbon feed line separate from the pyrolysis oil feed line, wherein the pyrolysis oil feed line includes a pyrolysis oil outlet and wherein pyrolysis oil deposits form in the pyrolysis oil feed line adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet;
introducing the pyrolysis oil stream from the pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream from the hydrocarbon feed line into the reaction zone;
catalytically cracking the pyrolysis oil stream and the hydrocarbon stream in the presence of a particulate cracking catalyst in the reaction zone; and
during catalytic cracking, removing pyrolysis oil deposits in the pyrolysis oil feed line upstream of the reaction zone adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet with a cleaning head disposed in the pyrolysis oil feed line wherein the cleaning head is a rotating auger, a wire brush head, or a ram head.

US Pat. No. 10,166,518

MULTI-HEATER METHOD FOR GROWING HIGH QUALITY DIAMOND

SUNSET PEAK INTERNATIONAL...

1. A method of growing a diamond in a reaction cell containing a carbon source, a solvent metal, and a diamond seed crystal, the method comprising:preparing a high temperature, high pressure (HTHP) apparatus to enclose a reaction cell and subjecting the reaction cell to an isostatic pressure ranging from 5 to 7.5 GPa and a temperature ranging from 1200 to 1700 degree C.;
surrounding the reaction cell with a main heater, a first sub-heater and a second sub-heater, with the first sub-heater located at a top end of the main heater and the second sub-heater located at a bottom end of the main heater, with the main heater, first sub-heater and second sub-heater being powered from a first power supply;
surrounding the main heater, the first sub-heater and the second sub-heater with heat insulators;
controlling the main heater, the first sub-heater and the second sub-heater to melt the solvent metal and to create a predetermined temperature gradient from a high near the carbon source to a low at the diamond seed crystal;
allowing both the carbon source to dissolve in the molten solvent metal and the diamond seed crystal to grow to an initiation size for a predetermined time period;
controlling a second independent heater, which is configured as a ring heater disposed around the reaction cell to adjust the predetermined temperature gradient after elapsed of the predetermined time period, with the ring heater being powered from a second power supply; and
allowing the dissolved carbon in the molten solvent metal to deposit on the diamond seed crystal to obtain diamond at a controllable growth rate and with a controllable amount of inclusions.

US Pat. No. 10,166,517

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR PRODUCTION OF A GRANULAR UREA PRODUCT

Casale SA, Lugano (CH)

7. Equipment for carrying out a process according to claim 1, comprising at least:a first environment;
means adapted to feed at least a first flow of droplets of fresh urea melt and cooling air to said first environment, to cause the formation of solid starting particles,
means to feed at least a second flow of larger droplets of urea melt to said first environment, the droplets of said second flow being larger than droplets of said first flow,
a second environment in communication with the first environment and means for feeding particles formed in the first environment and droplets of urea and fluidizing air to said second environment for granulation of said solid particles under a fluidized-bed state;
wherein the means feeding said first flow of droplets being adapted to deliver droplets with a diameter equal to or less than 200 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,166,516

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AGITATING MECHANISM

JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A., M...

1. A control method for an agitating mechanism, comprising:an electrical current obtaining step of receiving a load current detected by a current detecting apparatus when the agitating mechanism is rotating along a specific direction;
a trigger determination step of determining whether the rotation of the agitating mechanism meets a preset trigger condition based on the load current; and
a rotation control step of controlling the agitating mechanism to rotate in a direction opposite from the specific direction when the trigger condition is met,
wherein the trigger determination step comprises a torque calculation step of calculating a load torque based on the load current, the trigger condition is that the load torque is continuously less than a preset torque threshold within a preset time duration, the preset torque threshold is less than a rated maximum output torque of the agitating mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,515

METHOD OF PREPARING AN EMULSION, A DEVICE FOR PREPARING SAID EMULSION, AND A VEHICLE

OCRI B.V., Amsterdam (NL...

1. A method of preparing an emulsion comprising a first liquid and a second liquid, by dispersing the first liquid into the second liquid, comprising:passing the first liquid through an injection nozzle (108) to create a spray of droplets of the first liquid injected in a chamber containing the second liquid in a plurality of injections to form the emulsion; and
providing a free path length for the spray of droplets of the first liquid from the nozzle that is larger than a penetration depth of the spray of droplets of the first liquid in the second liquid,
such that:
Q is at least 225 m2/s2, where Q is equal to the square of the speed of the droplets of the first liquid, the speed being the exit speed of the first liquid from the nozzle in air under standard temperature (20° C.) and ambient air pressure (1 atm); and
W is at least 250 kg*m/N*s2, where W is sg*Q*d divided by St, with sg being the specific gravity of the first liquid in kg/m3, d being the mean Sauter droplet diameter in meter of the spray leaving the injection nozzle in air, and St is the surface tension of the first liquid in Newton/meter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,513

SPACER FOR A MEMBRANE MODULE

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNI...

1. A spacer for a membrane module, the spacer comprising:a plurality of first filaments defining a plurality of fluid flow channels, in use the plurality of fluid flow channels being adjacent a membrane of the membrane module; and
a plurality of second filaments provided on the plurality of first filaments and extending into the fluid flow channels, the second filaments moveable relative to the first filaments in response to an external stimulus during flow of fluid in the fluid flow channels.

US Pat. No. 10,166,512

METHOD FOR CLEANING CERAMIC FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for cleaning a ceramic filter, comprising:reducing a pressure of a space on a secondary side of an uncleaned ceramic filter containing fouling substances, while supplying a cleaning medium to a space on a primary side of the uncleaned ceramic filter, thereby passing the cleaning medium through the uncleaned ceramic filter, so that the uncleaned ceramic filter is cleaned by removing the fouling substances,
wherein a temperature of the cleaning medium is from 25 to 450° C., and the pressure in the secondary side space is from 0.03 to 50 kPa.

US Pat. No. 10,166,511

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A HOLLOW FIBER MODULE, AND HOLLOW FIBER MODULE

Sartorius Stedim Biotech ...

1. A method for producing a hollow fiber module (1, 1?), comprising:inserting a hollow fiber bundle (3) into a module housing (2, 2?) that has an end closed by a cap (17) that defines a removable sprue cover (18, 18?, 18?);
filling a fluid first component (27) via a first inflow (26) and into an intermediate space arranged between the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) and the cap (17) to form a spacer, the fluid first component (27) being formed from a material that can assume a solid state and being filled so that the hollow fiber ends (6, 7) project into the first component (27);
introducing a fluid curable second component (4) upstream of the first component (27), directed away from the cap (17), via a second inflow (28);
curing the second component (4) to form a sealing layer (9) that embeds the hollow fiber bundle (3) and seals the hollow fiber bundle (3) with respect to an adjacent module housing wall (29, 29?);
applying a rotary pulling movement to the cap (17) and thereby severing the hollow fibers (5) in a boundary layer formed by the first component (27) and the second component (4); and
removing from the module housing (2, 2?) an assembly that includes: the cap (17), the first component (27) that has been solidified to form a plug (30), and the hollow fiber ends (6) embedded in the plug (30) and projecting out of the end face (10) of the layer (9) formed by the second component (4).

US Pat. No. 10,166,510

BATCH PRESSURE-DRIVEN MEMBRANE SEPARATION WITH CLOSED-FLOW LOOP AND RESERVOIR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for batch pressure-driven membrane separation, comprising:a) pumping a feed of at least one of (i) a source liquid including a solvent with a dissolved impurity and (ii) a retentate of the source liquid into a substantially closed loop through a liquid-separation module, wherein the liquid-separation module comprises a membrane that passes at least partially purified solvent as filtrate to a permeate side of the membrane while diverting at least a portion of the impurity in a retentate on a retentate side of the membrane;
b) extracting the purified solvent from the permeate side of the membrane;
c) pumping the retentate as feed component from the liquid-separation module to or through a pressurized reservoir with a variable volume for the feed component;
d) recirculating the retentate as feed component via steps (a)-(e) and reducing the volume for the feed in the pressurized reservoir, in the conduits and in the liquid-separation module and increasing the pressure applied to the feed in the reservoir over time to balance against an increasing difference in osmotic pressure across the membrane as the feed increases in osmotic pressure; and
e) after a plurality of iterations through the above steps, discharging a concentrated impurity stream from the liquid-separation module and supplying new source liquid to the substantially closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,166,509

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR FEED FORWARD CONTROL OF DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A diesel exhaust fluid delivery system, the system comprising:a dosing valve controllable to deliver a diesel exhaust fluid to a diesel exhaust system;
a pressure adjustment component controllable to adjust a system pressure of the diesel exhaust system;
a pressure sensor positioned to sense the system pressure of the diesel exhaust fluid delivery system; and
an electronic controller, electrically coupled to the dosing valve, the pressure adjustment component and the pressure sensor, and configured to
determine an operating pressure;
receive the system pressure from the pressure sensor;
determine a dosing request;
determine a pressure disturbance based on the dosing request;
determine a control request based on the system pressure and the operating pressure;
determine a feed forward control value based on the pressure disturbance;
generate an adjusted control request by adding the control request and the feed forward control value;
control the dosing valve based on the dosing request; and
control the pressure adjustment component based on the adjusted control request.

US Pat. No. 10,166,508

REACTIVE COMPONENT REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE USE THEREOF

Phyre Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A system for reducing the concentration of one or more reactive component(s) in a vapor phase fluid prior to contacting thereof with fuel, wherein said system reduces the concentration of reactive component(s) in said vapor phase fluid below the concentration at which auto-ignition may occur when said vapor phase fluid is contacted with fuel, said system comprising:a fuel container,
a fluid treating zone comprising:
at least one inlet,
at least one outlet, and
a reaction zone, wherein said reaction zone provides conditions suitable to deactivate said one or more reactive component(s) when contacted therewith,
an independent source of fuel vapor, and
a flame arrestor,
wherein only the outlet of said fluid treating zone is in fluid communication with the fuel, such that the inlet(s) of said fluid treating zone has/have no communication with the fuel, and
wherein said fluid treating zone is within said container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,507

PROCESS FOR HYDROCHLORIC ACID MEDIATION

Fuel Tech, Inc., Warrenv...

1. A process for reducing the chloride content in a gas stream to reduce the amount of chlorides in it, comprising: introducing a copper bearing chloride remediator composition in aqueous form into contact with combustion gases within a defined introduction zone under conditions effective for HCl emissions control; and passing the gases from the introduction zone to a particulate recovery device to provide a reduced chloride gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,506

HYDROGEN GENERATION ASSEMBLIES AND HYDROGEN PURIFICATION DEVICES

Element 1 Corp., Bend, O...

1. A hydrogen purification device, comprising:first and second end frames including:
an input port configured to receive a mixed gas stream containing hydrogen gas and other gases;
an output port configured to receive a permeate stream containing at least one of a greater concentration of hydrogen gas and a lower concentration of the other gases than the mixed gas stream; and
a byproduct port configured to receive a byproduct stream containing at least a substantial portion of the other gases;
at least one hydrogen-selective membrane disposed between and secured to the first and second end frames, the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane having a feed side and a permeate side, at least part of the permeate stream being formed from the portion of the mixed gas stream that passes from the feed side to the permeate side, with the remaining portion of the mixed gas stream, which remains on the feed side, forming at least part of the byproduct stream;
at least one microscreen structure configured to support the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane; and
a plurality of frames disposed between the first and second end frames and the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and secured to the first and second end frames, wherein each frame of the plurality of frames includes a perimeter shell defining an open region, the plurality of frames including at least one permeate frame disposed between the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and the second end frame, the at least one permeate frame further includes:
an output conduit formed on the perimeter shell and configured to receive the at least part of the permeate stream from the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane, and
at least one membrane support structure that spans at least a substantial portion of the open region of the at least one permeate frame and that is configured to support the at least one microscreen structure, the at least one membrane support structure being free from perforations,
wherein the at least one microscreen structure is disposed between the at least one hydrogen-selective membrane and the at least one permeate frame, wherein the at least one microscreen structure includes generally opposed surfaces configured to provide support to the permeate side, and a plurality of fluid passages extending between the opposed surfaces, and wherein the at least one microscreen structure is not fitted within an open region of a frame of the plurality of frames.

US Pat. No. 10,166,504

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESORPTION OF ACID GAS FROM AN ABSORPTION LIQUID

Compact Carbon Capture AS...

1. A system for desorption of acid gas (1) from an acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) having a steam part (3) and a process part (4), wherein the steam part (3) is arranged to indirectly the heat acid rich absorption liquid (2) in the process part (4) and the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are separated to prevent intermixing of fluids in the steam part (3) with fluids in the process part (4),the system (1) comprising a desorption cylinder (9) which is adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and a stationary support stand (19) for supporting the desorption cylinder (9), and means for rotating (18) the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are integrated in the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein, in use, steam is supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) is supplied to the process part (4),
wherein the process part (4) comprises a desorption chamber (12) provided with a stripper unit (33) having an integrated reboiler (52) that, in use, is arranged to receive steam supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) supplied to the process part (4) to thereby indirectly heat the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2),
wherein the process part (4) is provided with means for discharging an acid gas lean absorption fluid (7) and having means for removing acid gas rich vapour (8),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with means for discharging condensate (6),
wherein the stationary stand (19) is provided with a first stationary shaft (21a) and a second stationary shaft (21b) which are coaxial with the axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and where the first stationary shaft (21a) and the second stationary shaft (21b) extend into the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with a steam supply conduit (16) and a condensate outlet conduit (37) arranged along the first stationary shaft (21a), and
wherein the process part (4) is provided with a supply conduit (55) for supplying acid gas rich absorption liquid (2), and a lean absorption liquid outlet conduit (54) arranged along the second stationary shaft (21b).

US Pat. No. 10,166,503

WATER CONTROL IN NON-AQUEOUS ACID GAS RECOVERY SYSTEMS

Research Triangle Institu...

17. A process for regulating water content and removing acid gases from a water-containing gas stream using a non-aqueous solvent (NAS) absorption liquid, wherein the NAS absorption liquid has a solubility of less than about 10 g of water per 100 g of NAS which comprises:(a) treating the gas stream in an absorption zone with the NAS absorption liquid under a first set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate to obtain an acid gas-depleted treated gas stream and an acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid;
(b) directing the acid gas-loaded NAS absorption liquid to a regeneration zone under a second set of controlled conditions of temperature, pressure and flow rate and regenerating the loaded NAS absorption liquid to expel a portion of the acid gases and obtain a regenerated NAS absorption liquid;
(c) directing the regenerated NAS absorption liquid to step a); and
(d) controlling the first and second set of conditions such that the temperature for the first set of controlled conditions is greater than 30° C. and less than 57° C. so as to (i) balance the water content entering the process in the water-rich gas stream with the water content leaving the process and
(e) remove acid gases from the water-rich gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,501

GAS GENERATOR

DAICEL CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A gas generator comprising a housing foamed by a diffuser shell provided with a gas discharge port, and a closure shell, a cylindrical filter disposed inside the housing, a first combustion chamber and a second combustion chamber arranged inside the cylindrical filter,the cylindrical filter being disposed such that an outer circumferential surface is spaced apart from the gas discharge port, a first annular end surface is abutted against a top plate of the diffuser shell, and a second annular end surface is abutted against a bottom plate of the closure shell,
the first combustion chamber being a space on the outer side of an ignition device chamber provided with an ignition device for a first-b gas generating agent filled inside the first combustion chamber, and the second combustion chamber being filled with a second gas generating agent,
the ignition device chamber being a space filled with a first-a gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical first holder, a first igniter and a first cup member provided with a plurality of first communication holes penetrating a circumference wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical first holder being fixed to a first hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the first igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical first holder, and the first cup member being press-fitted to an inner side of the cylindrical first holder from an opening of the first cup member,
the second combustion chamber being a space filled with the second gas generating agent and surrounded by a cylindrical second holder, a second igniter and a second cup member provided with a plurality of second communication holes penetrating a circumferential wall thereof in a thickness direction,
the cylindrical second holder being fixed to a second hole of the bottom plate of the closure shell, the second igniter being fixed inside the cylindrical second holder, the second cup member being press-fitted to an outer side of the cylindrical second holder from an opening of the second cup member, and a surface of the circumferential wall including the plurality of the second communication holes being covered with a cover member from the outside,
further, a support member for the cylindrical filter being disposed on a bottom surface of the closure shell,
the support member including a bottom surface provided with holes corresponding to the first hole and the second hole formed in a bottom plate of the closure shell, and an outer circumferential wall provided vertically from an outer circumference of the bottom surface,
part of the outer circumferential wall of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the first holder and the cylindrical filter,
the bottom surface of the support member being held from both sides in a thickness direction between the bottom plate of the closure shell and an annular end surface of the opening of the second cup member press-fitted to the cylindrical second holder,
the outer circumferential wall of the support member being abutted against an inner circumferential surface of the cylindrical filter on the side of the second annular end surface so that a corner portion formed by the bottom surface and the outer circumferential wall of the support member is abutted against an abutting portion between the second annular end surface of the cylindrical filter and the bottom plate of the closure shell,
when the second igniter is actuated and the second gas generating agent in the second combustion chamber is ignited and burned to raise an internal pressure, a combustion gas flowing out between the second communication holes and the cover member in a direction of the bottom plate of the closure shell.

US Pat. No. 10,166,500

EXHAUST GAS TREATING DEVICE, TEMPERATURE RAISING METHOD OF CATALYST, REGENERATION METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE, AND ASH REMOVING METHOD

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. An exhaust gas treating device comprising:a honeycomb structure having porous partition walls defining a plurality of cells extending from a first end face which is one end face to a second end face which is the other end face;
a can member which stores the honeycomb structure and has an inlet and an outlet for an exhaust gas; and
an opening/closing valve disposed in the outlet of the can member to open and close the outlet,
wherein the honeycomb structure comprises an inner honeycomb structure body including a honeycomb substrate having porous inner partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an inner inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face to an inner outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face and a circumferential wall disposed at a circumference of the honeycomb substrate, an outer honeycomb structure body disposed at a position which surrounds a part of a circumference of the inner honeycomb structure body and is away from the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body, the outer honeycomb structure body has porous outer partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an outer inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face to an outer outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face, and plugging portions arranged in parts of the cells,
the can member comprises an inflow tube which fits with an end portion of the inner honeycomb structure body on the side of the inner inflow end face and in which the inlet is formed, and a barrel portion which is continuous with the inflow tube,
in the barrel portion, a first outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position between the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body and the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body, and a second outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position which faces the second end face of the honeycomb structure, and
the honeycomb structure is stored in the can member in a state of having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the second end face and the can member and having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body and the can member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,499

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A FLUID FILTER

1. A filter assembly for a fluid filter comprising:a plurality of filter units assembled in series, and each of the filter units comprising:
a connecting member;
an input member disposed on a bottom surface of the connecting member and including a plurality of input pipes which are each provided with an input passage, and a separating portion which is disposed in each of the input pipes to divide the input passage into an upper input chamber and a lower input chamber, each of the separating portions including an input hole in communication with the upper and lower input chambers; and
an output member fixed on a top surface of the input member and including a plurality of output protrusions to seal the upper input chambers, each of the output protrusions including an output hole in communication with the upper input chamber, each of the output holes and a corresponding one of the input holes being staggered at 180 degrees to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,498

GAS-EVACUATING FILTER

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A filter for fluid systems, comprising:a vessel defining an inner chamber and having an inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the inner chamber;
a filter cartridge positioned within the inner chamber of the vessel; and
a tubular assembly having an upper end including a tube inlet, a lower end, an inner cavity extending between the tube inlet and the lower end, an interlocking section for engaging a portion of the outlet, a flow path extending between the tube inlet to the outlet when the tubular assembly is engaged with the outlet, and a solid sidewall extending between the lower end and the upper end, the tubular assembly positioned within the filter cartridge and the inner chamber of the vessel so as to force at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow along the solid sidewall toward the upper end, through the tube inlet into the inner cavity, and through the tubular assembly flow path before exiting the outlet and forcing gas trapped in the vessel to be discharged from the vessel,
wherein the tubular assembly includes one or more apertures that permit at least a portion of fluid flowing through the filter to flow into the inner cavity of the tubular assembly through the one or more apertures and exit the outlet without first entering the tube inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,496

FILTER DEVICE AND FILTER ELEMENT PROVIDED THEREFOR

1. A filter element for a filter device, comprising:a filter medium surrounding an inner filter cavity, having an unfiltered side on an inner surface of said filter medium and having a filtered side on an outer surface of said filter medium;
a water separation device spaced radially outwardly from said outer surface of said filter medium;
an adapter part;
a separating region between said water separation device and said filter medium;
at least one water passage extending from said separating region;
a fluid passage extending from said inner filter cavity of said filter medium and being separated from said water passage maintaining separation of flows in said fluid passage and said water passage; and
an end cap on a lower end of said filter medium and containing said fluid passage and said water passage, said end cap including a circular peripheral edge and an annular body on said peripheral edge, said annular body having first and second inner annular jacket surfaces separated from one another and extending in an axial direction, said first inner annular jacket surface adjoining a hydrophobic screen forming said water separation device and surrounding said outer surface of said filter medium at a radial distance forming said separating region, said second inner annular jacket surface being sealed in fluid-tight contact with a peripheral edge part of said adapter part, said end cap including a pipe section forming said fluid passage of said end cap and extending from an end cap bottom axially upwardly into said inner filter cavity and axially downwardly to sealingly engage an inner pipe located in said adapter part, said end cap bottom forming a support for said filter medium and defining a main plane of said end cap, said adapter part having a sleeve body with a lower end openable in a direction of a water collecting space of the filter housing and with a top end transitioning into said edge part projecting axially upwardly and sealed to said second inner annular jacket surface via a ring washer extending in a radial plane, said end cap bottom having gaps being aligned with said separating region and forming said water passage for passage of water from said separating region into a water channel between said end cap bottom and said ring washer, said water channel continuing along an inside of said sleeve body in a direction of the water collecting space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,495

FILTER CARTRIDGE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A filter cartridge for filtering a liquid, comprising:a filter medium disposed within the filter cartridge, the filter medium for removing contaminants from the liquid;
a radio frequency identification, RFID, tag positioned on the filter cartridge, wherein the RFID tag is configured to detect liquid leaking from a crack in the filter cartridge;
a compressed cellulose foam positioned over the RFID tag on the filter cartridge;
an impermeable material positioned over the cellulose foam on the filter cartridge at an outer surface of the filter cartridge, the impermeable material defining a passage that extends through the impermeable material to the cellulose foam, the passage configured such that the liquid leaking is flowable through the passage to the cellulose foam, the compressed cellulose foam configured for wicking the liquid leaking from the passage to the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 10,166,494

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMEDIATION OF OIL-CONTAMINATED SAND

1. A method for remediation of oil-contaminated sand, consisting of the steps of:receiving a volume of oil-contaminated sand at a feed sieve, wherein the sieve is sized and configured to filter out coarse aggregate;
mixing a sieved volume of oil-contaminated sand with water to produce a mixture;
separating the mixture into a volume of washed sand and a volume of oily wastewater, wherein the sand separation is performed by a hydrocyclone sand separator system for at least ten minutes and results in a sand having less than 0.5% oil residue volume;
collecting the washed sand;
pumping the oily wastewater into a flocculation tank and mixing the oily wastewater with a coagulant at a speed of 50 rpm for a period of 45 minutes to separate the oily wastewater into treated water and oily sludge;
reducing the mixing speed to zero rpm;
settling the oily wastewater and coagulant mixture for three hours;
extracting and collecting the oily sludge; and
extracting and collecting the treated water.

US Pat. No. 10,166,493

MOBILE FLOCCULATION AND FRACKING WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A method for providing mobile flocculation and fluid treatment comprising the steps of:a) providing at least one tank having an inlet and an outlet at substantially opposite ends thereof,
b) providing a pump house substantially adjoining said at least one tank, at least one pump mounted in said pump house,
c) an overflow conduit in fluid communication between said at least one tank and said pump house,
d) providing a mobile platform and mounting said at least one tank and said pump house on said mobile platform,
e) pumping fluid for treatment into and through said inlet so as to flow into said at least one tank,
f) after a dwell and settling-out time of said fluid within said at least one tank whereby solids settle out of said flow in said at least one tank, said flow exiting from said outlet, and
g) in the event of fluid overflow from said at least one tank, said fluid overflow being directed through said overflow conduit into said pump house for containment within secondary containment reservoirs within the pump house, wherein secondary containment reservoirs include a first secondary containment reservoir defined by a low-rise wall extending contiguously around and sealed to a floor of said pump house, and a secondary containment reservoir within said first secondary containment reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,166,491

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a chamber capable of being pressurized;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within said chamber;
a collection vial;
a removable sleeve disposed in said chamber having an opening at one end for receiving solid carbon dioxide, and a tapered portion opposite the open end adapted to receive said collection vial;
a first heating element adapted for heating said chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in said sleeve for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide; and
a vent valve for permitting gaseous carbon dioxide to exit said chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,490

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a first chamber capable of being pressurized having an opening for receiving solid carbon dioxide;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within the chamber;
a first heating element adapted for heating the first chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in the first chamber for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a valve for permitting liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds to exit the first chamber; and
a separator for receiving liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds exiting from the first chamber through said valve, and for separating the extracted organic compounds from the liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a support having an interior portion adapted for receiving and holding said first chamber, and an exterior portion;
an axle attached to the exterior portion of said support;
a rotary bearing adapted to receive said axle; and
a stand adapted for supporting said rotary bearing into which said axle is inserted;
whereby said support bearing said first chamber is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,489

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEATING AND MANIPULATING FLUIDS

Phoenix Caliente, LLC, , ...

1. A method of removing water from a mixture, comprising:providing a first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger having first and second fluid paths there through;
providing a closed-loop heating subsystem comprising:
a primary heat source,
a fluid pump, and
a fluid reservoir
all configured and arranged to heat a fluid to less than an atmospheric boiling point of the fluid and to circulate the fluid through the first fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
providing an evaporation subsystem comprising:
a tank configured to operate at a pressure less than atmospheric pressure and configured to separate a mixture into its liquid and vapor phases, and
a second fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
pumping a first water containing mixture through the second heat exchanger to heat the first mixture to a first temperature;
transferring heat from the closed-loop heating fluid to a second mixture in the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger to heat the second mixture to a second temperature greater than the first temperature;
separating the second mixture heated to the second temperature into its liquid and vapor phases in the tank;
extracting at least a portion of the vapor from the tank;
pumping at least a first portion of the liquid phase from the tank through the second heat exchanger to transfer heat from the liquid phase to the first mixture;
mixing at least a second portion of the liquid phase from the tank with the first mixture heated in the second heat exchanger to create the second mixture; and
pumping the second mixture through the second fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,488

DEVICE CAPABLE OF ENABLING BALLOON TO STAND UP

1. A device capable of enabling a balloon to stand up, comprising:a balloon; and
a base stand including a hollow semi-circular stand body having an upward-facing opening, the stand body having a first prop and at least a couple of fixing plates integrally connected and provided therein, the first prop being vertically provided, in an upward-facing manner, in a central position on a bottom-most edge surface in an inner portion of the stand body, a fastening groove being provided on a lateral side of an axial hole, the two fixing plates being provided on an inner edge surface of the stand body and lateral to the first prop, a gap being provided between the two fixing plates so as to form a clamping groove.

US Pat. No. 10,166,487

FLIGHT CAPABLE IMITATION BALLOON WHICH MIMICS THE MOVEMENTS OF A HELIUM-FILLED BALLOON

1. A flight capable imitation balloon which mimics the movements of a helium-filled balloon comprising: a body portion, a substantially pyramidal member, an exhaust assembly, a fan assembly, a motor, a drive shaft, two fans, a plurality of air intake vents, a plurality of horizontal exhaust vents, a plurality of vertical exhaust vents, a cable, a control unit, a power source, and a power switch; wherein said body portion is semi-spherical, with a substantially hemispherical northern half and semi-hemispherical southern half; wherein said semi-hemispherical southern half has a non-tapered top and tapered bottom; wherein the northern half and the southern half are detachable above an equator of the semi-spherical body portion; wherein the substantially pyramidal member contains a USB connector and connects to the tapered end of said southern half; wherein the plurality of air intake vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half; wherein the plurality of horizontal exhaust vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half, below said air intake vents; wherein the plurality of vertical exhaust vents are substantially parallel to said tapered end of said southern half; wherein said fan assembly is attached to an inside surface of a lower half, below said air intake vents; wherein said two fans are contained within said fan assembly, substantially perpendicular to said tapered end; wherein said fans provide enough lifting capacity to lift said body portion; wherein said two fans are a top fan and a bottom fan; wherein said exhaust assembly is attached to the inside of said lower half, below said fan assembly; wherein a plurality of tubes run from said exhaust assembly to said exhaust vents; wherein said exhaust assembly conducts air; wherein said motor is attached to said exhaust assembly; wherein said drive shaft connects said motor and said fans; wherein said motor provides power to rotate said drive shaft and said fans; wherein said motor is attached to the USB connector of said pyramidal member; wherein said cable has a first end and a second end; wherein both ends of said cable are USB connections; wherein one end of said cable attaches to said control unit and said second end connects to said USB connection located in said pyramidal member; wherein the power source is located in said control unit; wherein the power switch is located on said control unit; wherein activating said power switch causes the fans to activate; wherein said fans draw in air from said air intake vents; wherein air is drawn through said fans and exits said body portion through said horizontal exhaust vents and said vertical exhaust vents; wherein air exiting said vertical exhaust vents lifts said body portion; wherein air exiting said horizontal exhaust vents stabilizes said body portion; wherein said counter-rotating fans stabilize said body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,485

DUMP TRAILER AMUSEMENT RIDE

Diggerland USA, LLC, Wes...

1. An amusement ride providing the sensation of riding a tilting dump trailer body to ride passengers, comprising:a vehicle trailer frame with wheels connected thereto;
a stationary support structure supporting said frame and suspending said wheels in midair;
a pivoting dump trailer body mounted to one end of said frame, modified with an opening in a sidewall of said body to permit ingress and egress of ride passengers to said body's interior compartment;
an amusement ride seat mounted within said body's interior compartment;
a passenger restraint on said seat;
a hydraulic cylinder connected between said frame and the end of said body opposing said frame-mounted end;
an electrically powered hydraulic pump connected to said hydraulic cylinder;
a non-automobile based, stationary electric power supply powering said hydraulic pump; and
a passenger access platform situated adjacent said opening, with a floor substantially even with the floor of said body's interior compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,484

BUCKET SPLASH DUMPER

1. A bucket splash dumper comprising:a. a bucket suspended from a post, wherein the post includes a water conduit;
b. a bucket pivot, wherein the bucket is mounted to the bucket pivot, wherein the bucket pivot is held by a pair of arms, namely a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are connected to the post, wherein the bucket has an empty state and a tipping state;
c. an initial center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is empty;
d. a dumping center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is tipping, wherein the dumping center of gravity of the bucket is higher than the initial center of gravity;
e. a water outlet configured to spray water into the bucket, wherein the bucket begins at the empty state and is filled with water until the bucket is at the tipping state;
f. a travel line for a center of gravity of the bucket, wherein as the bucket is filled with the water, the center of gravity rises; and
g. a pool, wherein the pool has an inflatable ring at an upper edge of the pool and a pool cavity defined by the inflatable ring, wherein the pool has a pool outlet connected to an outlet line, wherein the outlet line delivers water to a water pump, wherein the water pump delivers water to a pressurized water line, wherein the pressurized water line is connected to the water conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,483

TRAPDOOR DROP AMUSEMENT MECHANISM

WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIE...

1. An apparatus for initiating descent into a slide ride, comprising:a slide segment for receiving a rider;
a platform movable between a first position and a second position, the platform in the first position being configured such that the rider is capable of being positioned upon the platform, the platform in the second position being configured such that the rider descends into the slide segment after having been positioned upon the platform when the platform is in the first position; and
a control device configured to apply a force to the platform to move the platform from the second position to the first position, wherein the force and gravity are the only forces necessary to move the platform from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,481

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING OF GAME CHARACTERS

Guangzhou Aijiuyou Inform...

1. A computer-implemented method for sharing of game characters, comprising:coupling a game management system to a first platform server and a second platform server;
receiving, from the first platform server, user information that is used to log in the first platform server, wherein the user information comprises a username and a password;
generating, by the game management system, a uniform identifier,
assigning, by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the username that is associated with the user information,
transmitting, via the first platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to a game server;
creating, by the game server, a game character based upon the uniform identifier;
receiving, from the second platform server, the user information, wherein the second platform server is separated from the first platform server;
generating, by the second platform server, a second token based on the received user information;
identifying, by the game management system, the uniform identifier associated with the user information based on the second token;
transmitting, via the second platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the game server; and
retrieving, by the game server, the game character based upon the uniform identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,166,480

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a registered user information holding unit configured to hold user information about users registered in the information processing apparatus;
a communication unit which, upon receipt of a connection request from a device, is configured to connect the device with the information processing apparatus;
a login controller which, upon receipt by the communication unit of the connection request from the device, is configured to determine whether or not to allow a user to log in through the use of the user information held in the registered user information holding unit; and
an application startup unit configured to start an application,
wherein the login controller includes a storage unit configured to store information identifying a plurality of users, one of which who logged in before another user, such one being a primary user and the other user being a secondary user who logged in while the primary user was logged in, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the primary user, starts the application, because the primary user logged in before the secondary user, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the secondary user, does not start the application, because the secondary user logged in after the primary user, and
the secondary user, when logged in after the primary user and while the application has not been started, is permitted to delete saved data of the application.

US Pat. No. 10,166,479

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE PROVISION OF TIME-BASED AWARDS IN AN ONLINE GAME

ELECTRONICS ARTS INC., R...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing awards for participating in a time-based task in a virtual space to be executed on a computer having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions that, when executed by the one or more physical processors, program the computer to perform the method, the method comprising:executing an instance of a virtual space;
implementing the instance of the virtual space to facilitate participation by one or more users within the virtual space by determining view information that facilitates presentation of views of a virtual topography of the virtual space to the one or more users by one or more client computing platforms, wherein the virtual space is configured to facilitate interaction of a user's virtual entity with the virtual topography of the virtual space, virtual objects within the virtual topography of the virtual space, non-player characters within the virtual topography of the virtual space, and/or virtual entities of other users within the virtual topography of the virtual space by performing operations in the virtual space in response to commands received over a network from the client computing platforms associated with the individual virtual entities of the one or more users, wherein the users include a first user, and the first user controls a first virtual entity to perform actions in the virtual space;
determining whether the first user has participated in a first task;
making a second task performable by the first virtual entity in response to the user participating in the first task, wherein the second task is a predefined goal for the first virtual entity to complete by performing virtual actions within the virtual space;
determining the user has participated in the second task;
determining an amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task;
determining a second award from a plurality of potential awards for the user as an award for participating in the second task, wherein individual ones of the plurality of potential awards have an associated value to the user, and wherein the second award is determined based on the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task, such that as the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task increases, the associated value to the user of the second award for participating in the second task decreases; and
distributing the second award to the user within the virtual space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,478

PREDICTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first user skill profile data set including information indicative of a plurality of first user skill parameter values respectively corresponding to a first user's competency with respect to a physical activity related skill parameter;
receiving a training video game data set including information indicative of: (i) identities of a plurality of training video games, and (ii) for each given training video game of the plurality of training video games, an indication of a set of respectively associated skill parameter(s) that the given training video game helps to develop in players of the given training video game;
receiving a competitive event data set including information indicative of: (i) an identity of a first competitive event in which the first user is scheduled to participate, with the first competitive event including a set of physical activity(ies), and (ii) a plurality of first competitive event skill parameter values respectively corresponding to relative amounts of skill parameters that are considered necessary for a user to complete the set of physical activity(ies) included in the first competitive event; and
selecting, by machine logic based rules, a subset of recommended training video games of the plurality of training video games based, at least in part upon all of the following: (i) the first user skill profile data set, (ii) the training video game data set, and (iii) the competitive event data set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,477

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An image processing device comprising:a detecting section configured to obtain an image of a player's actual environment imaged by an imaging device, and detect a player's face included in the obtained image, wherein a group of imaged player faces is transmitted to a portable device of a user who is prompted to select one of the player faces and a virtual mask to display over the selected player face;
a control section configured to calculate a position in which to display the virtual mask according to a position in which the selected player face is detected; and
a generating section configured to:
generate a display image displaying the virtual mask in the position calculated by the control section in the obtained image such that the virtual mask is superimposed on the selected player's face and is synchronized with the selected player's facial movements and expressions, and
display the generated display image on a display device, wherein said mask is displayed in accordance with a size and orientation of the selected player's face and reflects the facial expressions of the selected player's face, wherein:
the detecting section further detects an angle of rotation of an orientation of the selected player's face, and
the control section makes the generating section produce a display image that includes the image of the virtual mask rotated by a larger angle of rotation than the angle of rotation of the selected player's face detected by the detecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,476

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more computer readable storage media;
computer program instructions;
said computer program instructions being stored on said one or more computer readable storage media;
said computer program instructions comprising instructions to:
receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said computer program instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said computer program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said computer program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,475

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product comprising one or more computer readable storage media and program instructions stored on said one or more computer readable storage media, said program instructions comprising instructions to:receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,474

MULTI-PLAYER GAMING SYSTEM WITH REFLECTIVE DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A gaming system comprising:an electronic display device facing a display direction;
game-logic circuitry configured to direct the electronic display device to display a plurality of views of a three-dimensional (3D) object related to a game being conducted by the game-logic circuitry, each of the views showing the 3D object from a different viewpoint; and
a plurality of reflectors proximate the electronic display device along the display direction, each reflector being directed toward a respective one of a plurality of positions disposed around the electronic display device, each reflector being configured to reflect one of the views of the 3D object toward the respective position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,473

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE AUGMENTED REALITY AND REMOTE GAMEPLAY FOR TRADITIONAL TRADING CARD GAMES

1. A computer-implemented method to deliver enhanced augmented reality gameplay experience for Trading Card Games, the computer-implemented method includes:scanning one or more relevant cards prior to a gaming session;
identifying a Game Component depicted in a physical card of the one or more relevant cards by scanning one of an identification barcode and Identity Markers on the physical card;
transmitting a unique serial number encoded in one of the identification barcode and interpreted from the Identity Markers to a database maintained at a Gaming Server;
associating the unique serial number with the scanned physical card and the database;
setting up a gaming session with a plurality of Gamers through a user interface, wherein the gaming session is conducted by one of face-to-face environment and remotely among geographically dispersed Gamers;
scanning one or more relevant cards and identifying the game component represented by the relevant cards;
retrieving a pre-defined sequence of animated movements of a 3D model of the game component from the database by the game server using the unique serial number or identification barcode or the Identity Markers or image processing of image in the relevant cards;
superimposing the sequence of animated movements onto the image of the trading card as captured by the camera of the gaming device, thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card so that the game component appears to be alive;
capturing one or more actions taken on the game components by the Gamer by a plurality of Input Parameters;
detecting information on the actions captured and subsequently sending the information to the gaming server through the data network;
generating Outcome Parameters by logically matching the one or more actions taken with the cards in play against one or more actions and cards in play by the opposing Gamer;
superimposing the actions of the Outcome Parameters thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card to display the consequence of the Gamers one or more actions; and
completing the gaming session until the end is reached, the end is defined by the rules of the TCGs being played.

US Pat. No. 10,166,472

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A REACTION TIME FOR A RESPONSE AND SYNCHRONIZING USER INTERFACE(S) WITH CONTENT BEING RENDERED

Shazam Investments Ltd., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a sample of ambient content of a computing device, wherein the sample of ambient content from the computing device includes a timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
determining a position identification of the sample of ambient content into an indexed recording to which the sample of ambient content matches, wherein determining the position identification comprises identifying an offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken;
based on the position identification, a processor executing instructions stored in memory for synchronizing display of content on a user interface of the computing device to the indexed recording; and
computing a reaction time from an indexed event occurring in the indexed recording to a reaction signal, the reaction signal generated by the computing device and indicative of a user's response to the indexed event, and wherein computing the reaction time comprises:
determining an elapsed time between the reaction signal and the timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
adding the offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken to the elapsed time to determine a show offset; and
subtracting a time of the indexed event occurring from the show offset to determine the reaction time.

US Pat. No. 10,166,471

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING AN APPLICATION ON A TABLET

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:communicating, by a client device, with a hosting service a selection of an online application;
receiving, by the client device, streaming video content from execution of the online application on a server of the hosting service, for rendering at a user interface of the client device;
receiving, by the client device, program code for a configuration of a virtual controller used for interacting with the streaming video content from the hosting service, the program code being specific for the online application, wherein the program code includes user specific adjustments to the configuration defined for the online application from a previous configuration session;
executing, by the client device, the program code of the virtual controller, the execution causing an interactive image of the virtual controller to be rendered at the user interface, the interactive image of the virtual controller identifying controls of the virtual controller that are specific for the client device;
receiving, by the client device, user input via the controls provided by the virtual controller to communicate functionality that parallels functionality of buttons of a physical game controller, the user input being interpreted based on the user specific adjustments, the user input provided to control aspects of the online application being executed by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,470

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL WORLD LAYER

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:providing a base virtual world having base virtual world functionality and having a list of base virtual world users;
coupling a first virtual world layer to the base virtual world, the first virtual world layer having first virtual world layer functionality not provided by the base virtual world and having a list of first virtual world layer users;
coupling a second virtual world layer to the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer having second virtual world layer functionality not provided by the first virtual world layer and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of second virtual world layer users;
coupling a third virtual world layer to the second virtual world layer, the third virtual world layer having third virtual world layer functionality not provided by the second virtual world layer, not provided by the first virtual world layer, and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of third virtual world layer users; and
providing access to at least a portion of each of the base virtual world functionality, the first virtual world layer functionality, the second virtual world layer functionality, and the third virtual world layer functionality via the third virtual world layer, wherein the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer, and the third virtual world layer are each registered as users of the base virtual world via the list of base virtual world users, wherein the base virtual world is added to a registration list of each of the first, second, and third virtual world layers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,469

PERSISTENT GAME SESSIONS WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:executing a multiplayer gaming application on a first terminal, the first terminal being associated with a first user;
accessing a game object stored on a content management server that contains data representing a state of a previously adjourned session of the multiplayer gaming application;
determining, from the game object, a connection attribute of a second terminal associated with a second user;
hosting, by the first terminal, a session of the gaming application between the first terminal and the second terminal via a connection facilitated by the connection attribute;
updating the game object; and
sending data of the updated game object to the content management server reflecting an updated state of the session.

US Pat. No. 10,166,468

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system in which a server communicates with a plurality of information processing apparatuses via a network, and a plurality of users of the information processing apparatuses competes in a tournament,the server configured to:
accept a competition request from an information processing apparatus associated with a first user, the competition request including at least a part of competition history information for the first user participating in the tournament including a plurality of rounds, the competition history information including information about other users who competed with the first user in one or more completed rounds of the tournament; and
based on at least a part of the competition history information included in the request, decide an opponent for a next round of the tournament,
the information processing apparatus comprises one or more processors configured to:
store, in storage, the competition history information for the first user;
transmit the competition request to the server;
responsive to the competition request, receive from the server information related to the opponent decided by the server for the next round of the tournament;
transmit at least a part of the stored competition history information to another information processing apparatus associated with the opponent decided by the server;
receive, from the other information processing apparatus, at least a part of competition history information associated with the opponent decided by the server; and
perform processing concerning the next round of the competition against the opponent decided by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,467

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DATA STRUCTURE OF GAME DATA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing device for processing game data including a startup file and a program file, the game data being created by:authoring an image file of plain text data lacking compression, encryption and hash values, the image file being formed as one file having a data structure including a plurality of files in a game data region of the image file that are each assigned one or a plurality of blocks and including metadata of each file, the data structure being obtained by adding to a metadata region of the image file metadata including a signature attached to each of the plurality of blocks constituting the image file;
compressing the image file;
writing to the metadata region a compression table indicating relation between file blocks before and after compression; and
adding encryption and hash values to secure the game data,
the information processing device comprising a microprocessor with a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, the microprocessor including:
a first mount processing section mounting, at a first mount point, a package file including the image file and using metadata of the package file to recognize as a single file the image file including the plurality of files in the game data region; and
a second mount processing section mounting, at a second mount point for executing a game using the game data, the recognized image file and using the metadata of the image file to recognize the game data region of the image file and thereby access the plurality of files.

US Pat. No. 10,166,466

FEEDBACK FOR ENHANCED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An electronic game feedback system, comprising:a wearable haptic feedback device including a plurality of haptic elements configured to provide haptic feedback to a user; and
a processing circuit configured to:
provide a display on a display device to the user associated with an electronic game, the display device being a non-wearable display device, the electronic game associated with a virtual primary object controlled by the user and a virtual distal secondary object, wherein the virtual primary object and the virtual distal secondary object are provided within a virtual environment of the electronic game, and wherein the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object are generated by the processing circuit absent considerations regarding a surrounding real world environment such that the presence of the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object is disjointed from physical objects within the surrounding real world environment;
receive first positional data regarding the virtual primary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
receive second data regarding the virtual distal secondary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
generate an alert based on the first position data and the second data; and
control operation of the wearable haptic feedback device to provide the alert via haptic feedback to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,464

PUZZLE

AGATSUMA CO., LTD., Toky...

1. A puzzle comprising:a housing main body;
three puzzle shafts secured relative to the housing main body, wherein each of the three puzzle shafts is fixed so as not to rotate around a shaft center thereof,
a plurality of pieces rotatably mounted on each of the three puzzle shafts so as to rotate around the shaft center, wherein puzzle patterns are provided on an outer periphery of each of the plurality of pieces, wherein each of the plurality of pieces includes a ratchet pawl; and
a ratchet mechanism configured with ratchet teeth formed on an outer periphery of each of the three puzzle shafts, wherein the ratchet pawl on each of the plurality of pieces is elastically configured to engage the ratchet teeth,
wherein the housing main body has two moving member main bodies disposed alongside the shafts used as right and left grip parts which are connected respectively to each of two outer puzzle shafts of the three puzzle shafts so as to move the two outer puzzle shafts in an outer direction orthogonal to a longitudinal extent of the three puzzle shafts,
wherein each of the two moving member main bodies is formed substantially with a shell shape, has a back face side that is hollow, and a front face side with finger-hooking recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,166,463

PIE GAME AND METHOD FOR PLAYING THE SAME

1. A method for playing a pie game of chance and strategy, said method comprising the steps of:providing a pie game that includes:
a plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a first subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon, and a second subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon;
a plurality of pans configured to be distributed to players of said pie game, each of said plurality of pans configured to hold a portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces therein such that, when said pan is circumferentially filled with said portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a complete circular pie is formed in said pan, and each of said plurality of pans comprising a circular body portion with an upturned peripheral rim for retaining said sector-shaped game pieces in said pan;
a plurality of action cards, each of said plurality of action cards having indicia designating a particular action printed thereon, said particular actions printed on respective ones of said plurality of action cards comprising at least three of the following actions: (i) passing said pans of said players to the right, (ii) replacing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia with one or more corresponding said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia, (iii) switching one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon with another said player, (iv) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to all said players except the one holding said action card, (v) preventing said player holding said action card from receiving said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia, (vi) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to said player holding said action card, (vii) discarding one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable and/or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon into a discard pile, and (viii) taking one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another said player; and
at least one die, said at least one die configured to determine an action taken by one or more of said players of said pie game when said at least one die is rolled by one of said players;
distributing one of said plurality of pans to each of said players;
arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon in a first pile on a playing surface; arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon in a second pile on said playing surface together with said plurality of action cards;
rolling said at least one die to determine an action taken by one or more of said players, and based upon said rolling of said at least one die, carrying out said action by performing one or more of the following: (i) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players, (ii) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to one or more of said players, (iii) replacing one pan of said plurality of pans held by one of said players with another pan of said plurality of pans held by another of said players, (iv) allowing one of said players to take one of said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another of said players, and (v) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players and having said one or more of said players roll again; and
upon one or more of said players completely filling one or more said pans held by said one or more of said players with a collection of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces having the same type of favorable pie indicia printed thereon, declaring said one or more said players to be the winner or winners of said pie game.

US Pat. No. 10,166,462

METHOD OF PLAYING A GAME TICKET WITH A FOLDING ACTION

Pollard Banknote Limited,...

1. A method for playing a game on a game ticket comprising:forming a game ticket by:
supplying a ticket substrate having a front surface and a rear surface;
defining a first surface portion on the front surface and a second surface portion on the rear surface;
printing a first game play area on the first surface portion on the front surface of the ticket substrate;
printing a second game play area on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate;
printing on said first game play area first game play symbols;
printing on said second game play area second game play symbols;
applying on each of said first and second game play areas a scratch-off material covering at least a part of each of the first and second game play areas and at least some of the first and second game play symbols thereon;
printing game play information related to said game on the front surface of the substrate;
arranging the second game play area printed on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate such that the ticket substrate can be folded about a fold line across the ticket substrate from a first position in which the second game play area is on the rear of the substrate separated from the first game play area to a second juxtaposed position in which the second game play area and the second game play symbols are moved to bring the second game play area into a juxtaposed position with the first game play area and the game play information;
supplying the game ticket to a player;
the player, when the second game play area is in the first position separated from the first game play area, playing a first game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the first game play area using the first game symbols and said game play information;
the player folding the ticket substrate from the first position to the second juxtaposed position;
the player, when the ticket substrate is in the juxtaposed position, playing a second game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the second game play area using the second game play symbols and said game play information.

US Pat. No. 10,166,460

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A BOWLING CENTRE

QUBICAAMF EUROPE SPA, Bo...

1. A process for managing a bowling center comprising:obtaining a photograph of at least one bowler of a game;
displaying the photograph of the at least one bowler of the game as a background on a scoring screen behind a score for the game; and
providing a routine, which is run automatically, enabling a centralized management system to validate the at least one photograph before making it available at the score screen or the monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,459

MODULAR RAMP SYSTEM

1. A modular ramp system, comprising:a first ramp component made from a single piece material and having a bottom surface, a top surface above the bottom surface at a height, a first and second inclined surface extending from opposite sides of the top surface to the bottom surface, and a connecting portion formed on the top surface and positioned between the first and second inclined surfaces; and
a first connector releasably joined to the connecting portion of the first ramp component, wherein the first connector has a bottom side formed with a coupling portion including a first and second coupling section connectible to the connecting portion;
wherein the first connector is positionable in a first position in which one of the first and second coupling sections is releasably joined to the connecting portion of the first ramp component and the other of the first and second coupling sections is adapted to releasably couple to a ramp or an external structure, and a second position in which the first and second coupling sections are releasably joined to connecting portion of the first ramp component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,458

SKI POLE BASKET AND SKI POLE WITH SUCH SKI POLE BASKET

KV2 Sagl, Dongio (CH)

1. Ski pole basket (1), comprising at least:a barrel shaped body (2) of the basket, wherein a thread (21) of the body extends along the body (2) at least from one open end face of the body to the opposite end face of the body, and on the opposite end face of the body an end piece (3) of the basket is attached, and
a nut (5) being formed slidably moveable on the ski pole shaft and enterable into a thread joint with the body (2) of the basket,
characterised in that
the basket (1) is made fixedly attachable to the ski pole shaft by means of a sleeve (4), wherein at least on one open end face of the sleeve a circumferential collar (41) of the sleeve is formed, and a guiding ridge (42) of the sleeve extends from the collar (41) of the sleeve to the opposite end face of the sleeve (4),
wherein the thread (21) of the body is formed on the inner surface of the body (2) of the basket, and a guiding recess (24) of the body formed in the body (2) of the basket extends from the thread (21) of the body to the opposite end face of the body, and
wherein the ridge (42) of the sleeve is made to be engageable with the recess (24) of the body when the sleeve (4) is moved into the body (2) of the basket and fixedly attachable in the recess (24) of the body by means of resting the nut (5) against the collar (41) of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,457

TAPERED TRAMPOLINE ENCLOSURE

1. A trampoline comprising:a frame, wherein the frame includes legs for supporting the frame above a ground surface;
a bed suspended on the frame by springs, wherein the springs attach between the frame and the bed;
an enclosure including enclosure poles, wherein the enclosure poles are upwardly extending from the frame so that the enclosure poles terminate at pole tips, wherein the enclosure further includes an enclosure net suspended from the pole tips; and
a plurality of tapered pole connector panels, wherein each one of the plurality of tapered pole connector panels connect to a respective one of the pole tips, wherein the plurality of tapered pole connector panels are connected to the enclosure net to support the enclosure net and hang the enclosure net from the pole tips, wherein the plurality of tapered pole connector panels are formed from sheet material, wherein the enclosure net is suspended from an enclosure net strapping, wherein the enclosure net strapping is connected to the plurality of tapered pole connector panels that pull a strapping line inside of the enclosure net strapping and the enclosure net toward the pole tips, wherein the enclosure net forms a strapping line angle, wherein the strapping line angle is pulled toward the pole tips.

US Pat. No. 10,166,456

FRONT TOSS MACHINE

1. A method of using a ball tossing machine with a ball comprising the steps of:pivoting a first lever arm about a shoulder joint having a shoulder joint axis of rotation;
pivoting a second lever arm about an elbow joint having an elbow joint axis of rotation, wherein the second lever arm is coupled with the first lever arm by the elbow joint, and wherein the elbow joint axis of rotation is substantially parallel to the shoulder joint axis of rotation;
opening a hand to receive the ball, the hand comprising a finger and a thumb; and
closing the hand around the ball by pivoting the finger and the thumb to clasp the ball.

US Pat. No. 10,166,455

ADJUSTABLE PUTTING GREEN SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

DERON, LLC, Providence, ...

1. A system for a person to practice putting, the system comprising:a framework;
a plurality of actuators coupled to the framework in an array, each actuator including guide structure, a motor and a shaft, the shaft vertically extending between the motor and an upper support, the upper support coupled to an end of the shaft such that the upper support maintains a fixed position relative to linear movement of the end of the shaft, the motor configured to linearly move the shaft and the upper support relative to the framework, the upper support having an upward facing surface, the guide structure configured to guide vertical and linear movement of both the motor and the shaft to move the upper support to various predetermined heights;
an artificial green having multiple layers and a putting surface with a cup defined in the putting surface, the artificial green positioned over the actuators, the upward facing surface of the upper support directly contacting an underside of the multiple layers of the artificial green below the putting surface;
a control system coupled to the actuators, the control system including multiple controllers configured to control actuation of the actuators; and
a computing device coupled to the control system and configured to communicate with the control system, the computing device coupled to a display and including user input controls.

US Pat. No. 10,166,454

SWING ANALYSIS DEVICE, SWING ANALYSIS SYSTEM, SWING ANALYSIS METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A swing analysis device comprising:an angle calculator that calculates an upper limit angle and a lower limit angle during a predetermined period of swing of a sporting apparatus based on a plurality of angles, formed by the sporting apparatus and predetermined plane, in a plurality of locations during the predetermined period; and
an index setting unit that sets an upper limit plane based on the upper limit angle and a stroke direction, and sets a lower limit plane based on the lower limit angle and the stroke direction,
wherein the upper limit angle and the lower limit angle are the maximum angle and the minimum angle, respectively, of a swing zone determined based on the plurality of angles and a standard deviation of the plurality of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,453

SPORTS BALL REBOUNDER NET

Rukket, LLC, Wilmington,...

1. A sports ball rebounder net, comprising:a frame having first and second side posts;
a net suspended within the frame;
a back support adapted to maintain the frame in one or more angles from horizontal over a ground or support surface, said back support having a first arm and a second arm;
a first bracket depending from the first side post, said first bracket defining a pivot point and defining two or more holes therethrough spaced apart from the pivot point;
a second bracket depending from the second side post, said second bracket defining a pivot point and defining two or more holes therethrough spaced apart from the pivot point;
a first plunger associated with the first arm, said plunger retractably deploying a first pin to engage with one of the two or more holes of the first bracket;
a second plunger associated with the second arm, said plunger retractably deploying a second pin to engage with one of the two or more holes of the second bracket; and
a cord directly or indirectly joined at one end to the first plunger and at an opposite end to the second plunger, said cord adapted to be pulled in order to retract the first pin and the second pin out of the two or more holes of the first and second brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,452

BAT SWING TRAINING DEVICE

1. A bat swing training device comprising:a bat having a first end and a second end,
a handle portion positioned at said first end of the bat and having a length from about 160 mm to about 350 mm, wherein said handle portion includes a knob;
a barrel portion positioned at said second end of the bat and having a diameter from about 60 mm to about 90 mm, and a length from about 300 mm to about 675 mm, wherein the barrel portion widens from the shaft portion for a distance and then retains a larger diameter for a distance before terminating in the second end;
a shaft portion having a length from about 50 mm to about 150 mm, wherein the shaft portion is positioned between the handle portion and the barrel portion;
wherein said shaft portion includes a first bend of about 90 degrees and a second bend of about 90 degrees, and wherein said first and said second bends form a plane with said handle portion and said barrel portion; and
wherein said barrel portion and handle portion include a longitudinal axis, and wherein said longitudinal axis of said barrel portion is parallel to said longitudinal axis of said handle portion and said handle portion and said barrel portion do not have the same longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,451

RING TOSS GAME

1. A game, comprising:a target box, comprising:
a game board, comprising:
a first game surface positioned in a vertical orientation;
a second game surface positioned in a horizontal orientation to said first game surface when opened;
wherein said first game surface comprises a lid section and a target marking area surrounding said ring hook;
wherein said second game surface comprises a base section having a box section comprising a side wall extending along a perimeter of said base section and forming a barrier around said second game surface;
wherein said box section is pivotally connected to said lid section;
wherein said base section defines said second game surface;
a ring hook connected to said game board and extending from said first game surface, and said ring hook comprises a shank portion connected to said lid section and extending perpendicular to said first game surface, and an arcuate portion extending from said shank portion; wherein said arcuate portion has a sweep of one-hundred and eighty degrees, said ring post is connected to said base section at said center of said second game surface; and said ring post comprises a shaft portion connected said base section and extending perpendicular to said second game surface, and a head portion extending from said shaft portion, wherein said head portion has a cross-sectional dimension larger than a cross-sectional dimension of said shaft portion;
a ring post connected to said game board and extending from said second game surface; and
a ring;
wherein, when said ring is tossed at said game board, said ring hangs on said ring hook, encircles said ring post, or lands on said second game surface; and
wherein said lid section pivots relative to said box section between an open position, in which said lid section is perpendicular to said base section exposing said first game surface and said second game surface, and a closed position, in which said lid section is parallel with said base section enclosing said box section and securing said first game surface and said second game surface within said game.

US Pat. No. 10,166,449

COMBINED GOLF CLUB HEAD COVER AND STAND

PutterUp, LLC, Louisvill...

1. A combined golf club cover and stand, comprising:a substantially rigid base with a bottom platform; and
a cover portion which, in combination with the substantially rigid base, defines an internal cavity with an open end for receiving a head of a golf club;
wherein the substantially rigid base further includes a first side wall and an opposing second side wall, wherein the second side wall includes a bottom ledge that extends toward the first side wall;
wherein the cover portion spans from the first side wall to the second side wall; and
wherein, in use, when the head of the golf club is received in the internal cavity, the head of the golf club is held against the substantially rigid base, with a toe end of the head of the golf club in contact with an interior surface defined by the first side wall and a heel end of the head the golf club sitting on the bottom ledge of the second side wall, such that, when the bottom platform of the combined golf club cover and stand is on a substantially flat underlying ground surface, the heel end of the head is oriented at an angle relative to an underlying ground surface, and the golf club will stand upright.

US Pat. No. 10,166,448

GOLF CLUB COVER HAVING A PULL MEMBER

SRI SPORTS LIMITED, Kobe...

1. A golf club equipment grouping comprising:a golf club comprising:
a shaft;
a club head attached to the shaft, the club head including a toe portion, a heel portion, a face portion, a rear portion, a sole portion, a crown portion, and a hosel configured for attachment to the shaft; and
a golf club cover configured to cover at least a portion of the golf club, the golf club cover comprising:
a main body comprising:
a first side panel configured to substantially cover the face portion;
a second side panel configured to substantially cover the rear portion; and
an upper panel configured to substantially cover the sole portion, the upper panel extending between the first side panel and the second side panel and defining an upper panel width between the first side panel and the second side panel that varies along a length of the upper panel thereby defining a tapered region of the upper panel;
a sleeve attached to the main body configured to cover at least a portion of the shaft, at least a portion of the sleeve extending between the first side panel and the second side panel;
a pull member attached to the upper panel, the pull member comprising:
a first attachment point fixing the pull member to the main body; and
a second attachment point fixing the pull member to the main body, the second attachment point opposite the first attachment point;
wherein:
the first attachment point and the second attachment point collectively define a body distance, the body distance defined as the shortest distance between the first attachment point and the second attachment point as measured along the exterior of the main body; and
the body distance is greater than or equal to a width between the first side panel and the second side panel of the tapered region.

US Pat. No. 10,166,447

PROGRESSIVE WEIGHTED AEROBIC PING PONG EXERCISE RACQUET

1. An enhanced table tennis racket comprising:a blade portion with an elongated handle portion and a striking surface;
a surface covering on at least a portion of said striking surface;
a recess formed in said blade portion for receiving and securing a mobile computing device; and
a spacer for varying a volume of said recess to provide a secure fit to said mobile computing device, and
wherein said mobile computing device is a smartphone or tablet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,446

COLLECTION CONTAINER FOR BROKEN GOLF TEES

1. An apparatus for collecting broken golf tees utilizing a golf cart or a similar vehicle, wherein said apparatus comprises:a collection container comprised of a resilient shock resistant material, wherein the collection container has a planar bottom that provides dampened flexibility, wherein the bottom has a plurality of elliptical holes/slots that are sufficient in size and number to drain away rain water keeping the collection container free of standing water, yet small enough to retain any fractional element of the broken golf tees, a set of fastener openings, and contiguous with the planar bottom there is a perimeter wall having sections that are inclined or vertical, wherein the perimeter wall has a height that is at least one fifth as high as the bottom is wide, which is sufficient to retain broken golf tees at any slope angle the golf cart is capable of traversing or at any nominal acceleration or deceleration the golf cart is capable of operating;
a clip-on suspension assembly of attachment brackets that is composed of a resilient elastic material, wherein each attachment bracket has a lower portion shaped similar to a counterclockwise rotated block “U” that is sized to elastically fit over and under a portion of a golf cart's dashboard or another suitably shaped part of a golf cart or a similar vehicle, wherein the lower portion is contiguous with an upper portion shaped similar to a clockwise rotated block “L”, wherein a leg on the “L” is about horizontal and has one or more bracket fastener holes that are aligned with one or more fastener openings on the bottom of the collection container, when using rivets or binding fasteners, and the horizontal leg on the “L” extends rearward elevated over the golf cart's dashboard, wherein an angled section of the “L” functions as a cantilevered spring suspension support for the collection container; and
a fastening means for attaching the top section of the bracket to the container using fastening elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,445

GOLF PUTTER HEAD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

1. A head assembly for a golf putter, comprising:a hosel having a body portion and a finger extension extending from said body portion, said body portion being provided with a concavity defined in major part by a cylindrical concave surface having an axis and a first radius of curvature, said finger extension having a bore for receiving an end of a putter shaft;
a head piece including an elongate body having a putting face on one side and a cylindrical convex surface on an opposite side, said cylindrical convex surface having a second radius of curvature approximately equal to and smaller than said first radius of curvature so that said cylindrical convex surface is engageable with said cylindrical concave surface, said cylindrical convex surface being inserted into said concavity so that said cylindrical convex surface is in contact with said cylindrical concave surface, said head piece being provided at opposite ends of said elongate body with two arms extending in parallel relationship to one another in a direction opposite said putting face, said head piece and said putting face having a width extending from an top side to a bottom side of said head piece, said arms having at free ends thereof opposite said elongate body a height extending between an upper side and a lower side of said arms, said height being at least substantially equal to said width; and
a releasable clamping element operatively engageable with said hosel and said head piece to adjustably fix said hosel and said head piece to one another,
each of said arms being a linear bar provided at a free end, opposite said head piece, with an enlarged end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,444

GOLF CLUB WITH REMOVABLE FACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body including a recess having a top line side wall, a heel side wall, and a sole side wall defining a face support slot that is opened to a toe portion of the body, wherein the body defines a fastener bore that extends into the toe end of the body and includes a threaded portion;
a face member disposed in the face support slot and defining a ball striking surface, wherein a plurality of score lines are recessed into the face member from the ball striking surface;
a toe cap that forms a toe portion of the golf club head, wherein the toe cap defines a through bore that aligns with the threaded bore of the body; and
a threaded fastener that extends through the through bore of the toe cap and is threaded into the threaded portion of the fastener bore of the body,
wherein the fastener extends through the toe cap and into the body to couple the toe cap to the body, and
wherein the toe cap closes the opening of the face support slot, so that the face member is circumscribed by the top line side wall, the heel side wall, the sole side wall and the toe cap.

US Pat. No. 10,166,443

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face portion;
a crown portion; and
a sole portion,
wherein the sole portion includes:
a toe-side recessed portion arranged on a toe side;
a heel-side recessed portion arranged on a heel side; and
a middle recessed portion arranged between the toe-side recessed portion and the heel-side recessed portion, and
at least one readily deformable portion that extends linearly in a toe-heel direction is formed in the toe-side recessed portion and the heel-side recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,442

MULTI-LAYER CORE GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising a core and a cover, wherein the core comprises:a solid inner core layer formed from an unfoamed composition and having a diameter of 1.10 inches or less, a center Shore C hardness (Hcenter) of 15 or less, and an interface Shore C hardness (Hinner core interface) of from 5 to 15;
one or more optional intermediate core layers; and
an outer core layer having a thickness of 0.20 inches or greater, an inner surface Shore C hardness (Houter core inner surface) of from 40 to 75, and an outer surface Shore C hardness (Houter surface) of 80 or greater;
wherein Houter surface?Hcenter?70;
wherein the inner core layer has a hardness gradient slope (Sinner core) defined as

the outer core layer has a hardness gradient slope (Souter core) defined as
andwherein the interface Shore C hardness of the inner core layer is within 1 Shore C unit of the center Shore C hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,441

THREE-COVER-LAYER GOLF BALL HAVING TRANSPARENT OR PLASTICIZED POLYAMIDE INTERMEDIATE LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core; and
a two-layer cover disposed about the core, the two-layer cover comprising:
an inner cover layer disposed about the core, the inner layer comprising a polyamide composition; and
a castable thermoset polyurethane outer cover layer having a hardness from about 40 Shore D to about 62 Shore D;
wherein the polyamide composition comprises a transparent polyamide having a light transmission of about 50% or greater, a glass transition temperature of about 75° C. to about 160° C., and a ratio of Charpy notched impact-resistance measured at 23° C. and at ?30° C. of at least about 2.0.

US Pat. No. 10,166,440

GOLF BALL DIMPLE PROFILE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having a generally spherical surface and comprising a plurality of dimples separated by a land area formed on the ball surface, wherein at least a portion of the dimples consist of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface that connects the top conical sidewall to the land area, wherein:the bottom portion is defined by a function rotated about a central axis, the function being selected from the group consisting of polynomial, trigonometric, hyperbolic, exponential functions, and the superposition of two or more thereof, excluding linear functions and functions that result in a cone or sphere;
the transition surface is defined by a linear function rotated about a central axis;
the dimples consisting of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface have a saucer ratio (Sr), defined as the ratio of the bottom portion diameter (DS) to the dimple diameter (DD), of from about 0.05 to about 0.75; and
the dimples consisting of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface have a transition ratio (Tr) of from 0.02 to 0.50, where the transition ratio (Tr) is defined by the equation Tr=1?(DT/DD), where DD is the dimple diameter and DT is the diameter at the point of intersection between the transition surface and the top conical sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,166,439

BIOMETRIC MONITORING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring biometric information for a user, the computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, the biometric information corresponding to the user from an activity tracking device worn by the user that generated the biometric information;
identifying, by the computer system, a current activity of the user;
applying, by the computer system, a policy to the biometric information and the current activity of the user;
monitoring, by the computer system, the biometric information corresponding to the user from the activity tracking device worn by the user while the current activity occurs;
generating, by the computer system, an identification of the current activity;
generating, by the computer system, a confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity that is directly related to an amount of information utilized to derive the confidence level percentage value identifying the current activity of the user;
generating, by the computer system, an alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, an identification of a desired range for the current activity, and an identification of a user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert when the biometric information is out of the desired range for the current activity; and
displaying, by the computer system, the alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, the identification of the desired range for the current activity, and the identification of the user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert on a display of the activity tracking device worn by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,438

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR TRACKING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC, C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor;
a memory that stores code executable by the processor to:
detect, by use of the apparatus held by a first person, a second person in close proximity to the first person by detecting a wireless device corresponding to the second person, by detecting a voice profile corresponding to the second person, or a combination thereof;
track physical activity of the first person, wherein the physical activity comprises a number of steps the first person takes, a number of stairs the first person steps, a location of the first person over time, an elevation of the first person, an activity of the first person, movements corresponding to the first person, or some combination thereof, and wherein the tracked physical activity comprises information indicating whether the second person is in close proximity to the first person at certain times during the physical activity upon detecting whether the second person is in close proximity to the first person during the physical activity; and
transmit at least a portion of the tracked physical activity of the first person to an electronic identity corresponding to the second person as a result of detecting the second person in close proximity to the first person by detecting the wireless device corresponding to the second person, by detecting the voice profile corresponding to the second person, or the combination thereof to enable attaching at least the portion of the tracked physical activity of the first person to the electronic identity corresponding to the second person and to show that the second person had the same physical activity as the tracked physical activity of the first person, wherein the electronic identity corresponding to the second person comprises an account of the second person used to track physical activity of the second person, and the physical activity of the second person is stored on a storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,437

BIOMETRIC MONITORING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for monitoring activity information for a user, the computer system comprising:a storage device, wherein the storage device stores program instructions; and
a processor coupled to the storage device via a communications framework, wherein the processor executes the program instructions to:
receive biometric information corresponding to the user from an activity tracking device worn by the user that generated the biometric information;
identify a current activity of the user;
monitor the biometric information corresponding to the user being received from the activity tracking device worn by the user while the current activity occurs;
generate an identification of the current activity;
generate a confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity that is directly related to an amount of information utilized to derive the confidence level percentage value identifying the current activity of the user;
generate an alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, an identification of a desired range for the current activity, and an identification of a user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert when the biometric information is out of the desired range for the current activity; and
display the alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, the identification of the desired range for the current activity, and the identification of the user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert on a display of the activity tracking device worn by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,436

METHODS AND PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR BUILDING A WORKOUT

adidas AG, Herzogenaurac...

1. A method for generating a workout with a computing device comprising:the computing device receiving user input indicating features of a desired workout;
the computing device generating the workout, wherein the workout comprises a plurality of intervals, and wherein a first interval comprises an interval intensity and an interval duration
the computing device initiating a graphical display that conveys the number of intervals making up the workout and the interval intensity and the interval duration of the first interval; and
the computing device determining whether a user has performed above the interval intensity for a portion of the interval duration, and adjusting the interval intensity in response to the determination,
wherein the graphical display comprises a plurality of adjacent segments,
wherein each segment represents one of the plurality of intervals,
wherein receiving the user input indicating features of the desired workout comprises receiving at least three numerical inputs from the user: a first numerical input specifying a desired number of intervals, a second numerical input specifying a desired intensity of the first interval, and a third numerical input specifying a desired duration of the first interval,
wherein receiving the user input indicating features of the desired workout further comprises receiving feedback from direct user manipulation of at least one of the segments representing at least one of the plurality of intervals, and
wherein direct user manipulation comprises placing an object over a portion of the segment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,435

BACK EXTENSION EXERCISE APPARATUS

Cybex International, Inc....

1. An exercise apparatus for performing a back extension exercise by a user having a lower back, legs and a trunk that has a longitudinal trunk axis and a trunk weight, the apparatus comprising:a frame,
a seat having a seating surface and a pelvic stabilization pad having a lower back engagement surface,
an input arm assembly interconnected by a first interconnection to a first resistance mechanism,
the input arm assembly including a manually graspable mechanism and being arranged on the apparatus such that the input arm assembly is pivotable beginning from a start motionless position along a path of travel rearwardly toward the pelvic stabilization pad under resistance exerted by the first resistance mechanism,
the seating surface and the pelvic stabilization pad being mounted, adapted and arranged on the frame in a disposition such that the user can simultaneously sit on the seating surface, engage the user's lower back against the lower back engagement surface and manually engage the manually graspable mechanism to pull the input arm assembly against resistance exerted by the first resistance mechanism,
wherein the first resistance mechanism is adapted to increase resistance as a degree of pivoting of the input arm assembly increases along the path of travel away from the start motionless position rearwardly toward the pelvic stabilization pad,
wherein the input arm assembly is interconnected to the first resistance mechanism by a cable, the input arm assembly being interconnected to a cam having a receiving groove that receives the cable, the cam being interconnected to the input arm assembly such that the cam rotates together with pivoting of the input arm assembly, the receiving groove having a profile selected to create a lesser torque force against the user's pulling force when the user starts pulling the arm assembly from the start motionless position and gradually increase torque force against the user's pulling force as the user continues to pull the input arm assembly rearwardly, and wherein the apparatus includes a second interconnection to a second manually selectively adjustable fixed weight resistance mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,434

EXERCISE BIKE

Alexander Caccia, Oxford...

1. An exercise bike comprising:a base;
a frame having a head tube; and
a steering stem mounted in the head tube, and operable to be rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the stem by a user,
wherein a lower part of the frame is pivotally mounted to the base to allow rotation of the frame, relative to the base, about a substantially horizontal axis,
wherein a first resilient mounting is attached to the frame and the base, the first resilient mounting comprising: a first component having an aperture, a second component configured to be rotatably received within the aperture, and a resilient member disposed between the first component and the second component, and a second resilient mounting is attached to the steering stem and the base,
the first and second resilient mountings, together, configured to bias the frame towards a substantially upright position relative to the base, the second resilient mounting further configured to urge the stem substantially into rotational alignment with a predetermined point on the base.

US Pat. No. 10,166,433

EXERCISE MACHINE

Nautilus, Inc., Vancouve...

1. An exercise apparatus for use by a user in performing a striding exercise in which the length of the strides are determined by the length of the user's steps on the apparatus, comprising:a frame;
a first foot link operatively associated with the frame, and a second foot link operatively associated with the frame, each of the first and second foot links having an engagement structure coupled thereto;
a first foot engagement pad fixedly coupled to the first foot link, and a second foot engagement pad fixedly coupled to the second foot link; and
first and second crank arms operatively associated with the first and second foot links, respectively, wherein: the first and second crank arms reciprocally lift and lower rearward end portions of the first and second foot links, respectively, during a striding exercise by a user, and the rearward end portions of the first and second foot links are movable in forward and rearward directions relative to the first and second crank arms, respectively, to permit the first and second foot links to move relative to the first and second crank arms, respectively, with a variable forward-rearward motion determined by the user's striding steps during the striding exercise,
wherein the engagement structure of the first foot link includes a first downward facing surface that is rollingly supported by the first crank arm during the striding exercise; and the engagement structure of the second foot link includes a second downward facing surface that is rollingly supported by the second crank arm during the striding exercise; and
wherein the first downward facing surface is configured to lift the user at the front and rear of each stride to thereby increase the difficulty of the striding exercise, and wherein the second downward facing surface is configured to lift the user at the front and rear of each stride to thereby increase the difficulty of the striding exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,166,432

BED EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. A bed exercise apparatus for a bed with a bed frame, and a headboard positioned by a head of the bed frame, the bed exercise apparatus comprising:a. a lower frame disposed between the head of the bed frame and the headboard; and
b. an upper frame with exercise equipment mounting connections, the upper frame configured to movably connect to the lower frame in such manner that all or a portion of the upper frame may be disposed above a top surface of the lower frame.

US Pat. No. 10,166,431

SELECTORIZED DUMBBELL WITH A WEIGHT SELECTOR HAVING A CONTINUOUS PERIPHERY THAT ENCLOSES AN OPEN INTERIOR

PowerBlock Holdings, Inc....

1. A selectorized dumbbell, which comprises:(a) a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates;
(b) a handle located between the weight plate stacks, the handle comprising a hand grip extending along an axis and left and right ends extending perpendicularly to the hand grip;
(c) a selector that is insertable into a selected one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle, wherein the selector has a substantially continuous periphery that substantially encloses an open interior; and
(d) wherein arrays of vertically spaced, inwardly facing slots are provided on the left and right ends of the handle with each slot in the left end of the handle having a corresponding slot at an identical elevation in the right end of the handle so that a plurality of corresponding sets of slots at different vertical elevations are provided by the arrays of slots with the sets of slots defining the plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle into which the selector may be inserted, and wherein left and right side walls of the selector slide into and are received within one selected set of the inwardly facing slots in the left and right ends of the handle when the selector is installed in the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,430

BARBELL COLLAR

VENICE GRAVITY WORX, INC....

1. A barbell collar, comprising:a plate; and
at least two weight bars, a first weight bar and a second weight bar;
wherein said plate comprises a barbell engagement portion, and at least two arm portions;
wherein said two arm portions comprise a heavy arm, and a light arm;
wherein said heavy arm weighs more than said light arm;
wherein said barbell engagement portion is configured to engage with a barbell;
wherein each of said at least two weight bars is attached to each of said at least two arm portions of said plate; and
wherein said at least two weight bars are adapted to engage and hold one or more weights.

US Pat. No. 10,166,429

ADJUSTABLE KETTLEBELL DEVICE

1. An adjustable kettlebell device comprising:a kettlebell base including a housing having a handle provided on said housing, said housing including a chamber formed in said housing and defined by an upper wall and a bottom wall, and including an opening formed in said bottom wall and communicating with said chamber of said housing,
a first weight element including a tubular member extended therefrom for selectively engaging through said opening of said bottom wall of said housing and into said chamber of said housing, said tubular member of said first weight element including a channel formed therein, said tubular member of said first weight element including a rib for forming said channel of said tubular member, and
a latch slidably received in said chamber of said housing and movable to engage with said tubular member for detachably attaching said tubular member of said first weight element to said kettlebell base, said latch including a projection for selectively engaging with said channel of said tubular member of said first weight element, and said latch being selectively engaged with said rib of said tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,428

ADJUSTABLE CLUB

1. An adjustable club comprising:an elongate handle, defined by a proximal end and a distal end, having an opening to a bore at the distal end;
a stud, having an end cap at a distal end of the stud and a rod at a proximal end of the stud configured to engage the bore of the elongate handle;
one or more weights having a centrally located bore extending between a first opening and a second opening, configured to accommodate the stud;
wherein each of the one or more weights has one or more dowels protruding from a proximal side and one or more receiving holes on a distal side, the one or more receiving holes configured to engage the one or more dowels protruding from another of the one or more weights, thereby preventing the one or more weights from rotating relative to one another;
wherein the distal end of the elongate handle has a frustoconical configuration and tapers outward in a distal direction;
wherein the elongate handle further comprises at least one receiving hole, configured to engage the one or more dowels of one of the one or more weights, thereby preventing the one or more weights from rotating relative to the elongate handle;
wherein a proximal end of the rod engages the centrally located bore the one or more weights and the bore of the elongate handle having a friction fit that prevents rotational movement;
wherein the bore of the elongate handle is a threaded bore and the rod of the stud is configured to engage the threaded bore having a frictional fit that prevents longitudinal and rotational movement; and
wherein the proximal end of the elongate handle is a counterweight with a weight equal to a weight of one of the one or more weights such that the center of gravity is down shifted by fifty percent along a longitudinal axis of the elongate handle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,427

WEIGHT SET SELECTOR AND LOCKING MECHANISM

Vintage Gold Holdings Lim...

1. A selectable weight set apparatus comprising:a handle assembly comprising a handle having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
a first weight set adapted to be supported on the first end portion of the handle and a second weight set adapted to be supported on the second end portion of the handle, each of the first and second weight sets comprising a plurality of weight plates;
an adjustment assembly for selecting a number of weight plates to be retained to the handle assembly, the adjustment assembly comprising at least one selector for movement relative to at least one of the first and second weight sets to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets; and
a locking assembly for fixing the at least one selector relative to said at least one of the first and second weight sets, the locking assembly comprising a first locking element and a plurality of second locking elements, the first locking element being configured for releasable engagement with the at least one selector and one of the plurality of second locking elements on the at least one selector after the at least one selector is moved to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets;
wherein the adjustment assembly further comprises a selector element fixed to the first locking element and operatively connected to the at least one selector for moving the at least one selector to retain a selected number of weight plates, movement of the selector element to advance the at least one selector to a selected weight plate aligning the first locking element with a second locking element associated with the selected weight plate; and
wherein the adjustment assembly further comprises at least one gear assembly for moving the at least one selector to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets, the gear assembly engaging the at least one selector at a first location and the first locking element engaging the at least one selector at a second location different from the first location.